Supreme Discomfort

Supreme Discomfort

The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas

eBook - 2007 | 1st ed.
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Tracks the personal odyssey of perhaps the least understood man in Washington, from his poor childhood in Pin Point and Savannah, Georgia, to his educational experiences in a Catholic seminary and Holy Cross, to his law school years at Yale during the Black Power era, to his rise within the Republican political establishment. It offers a window into a man who straddles two different worlds and is uneasy in both--and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come. This book originated from a profile of Clarence Thomas that appeared in The Washington Post Magazine. In it, Merida and Fletcher, both Post staffers, both black, crafted a haunting portrait of an isolated and bitter man, savagely reviled by much of the black community yet not entirely comfortable in white society.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385520065
0385520069
Characteristics: viii, 422 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fletcher, Michael A.
Contents: Courting venom : being Clarence Thomas
The Pin Point myth
The Savannah reality
Myers, Leola, and Emma
"Radical" times
The making of a conservative
Meteoric rise
Who lied?
The aftermath : Thomas's love affair with the right
Cruel and unusual punishment
Marshall's footprints
Inside the court
Silent justice
Scalia's clone?
The quiet, anonymous life
Expectations.
Summary: Tracks the personal odyssey of perhaps the least understood man in Washington, from his poor childhood in Pin Point and Savannah, Georgia, to his educational experiences in a Catholic seminary and Holy Cross, to his law school years at Yale during the Black Power era, to his rise within the Republican political establishment. It offers a window into a man who straddles two different worlds and is uneasy in both--and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come. This book originated from a profile of Clarence Thomas that appeared in The Washington Post Magazine. In it, Merida and Fletcher, both Post staffers, both black, crafted a haunting portrait of an isolated and bitter man, savagely reviled by much of the black community yet not entirely comfortable in white society.--From publisher description.

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