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First by Evan Thomas
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it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, non-fiction, united-states-history, women-s-history, cold-war-era

One of the better biographies I have read in a while. I knew very little about Sandra Day O'Connor other than the fact that she was the first female Supreme Court Justice. I really enjoyed learning about her life in the Southwest and appreciated her approach to work and success. She never made excuses, was direct in her approach, was disciplined in her habits, and she expected others to be the same in these areas. She was tough on her clerks, but also tried to mentor and look out for them. In her decisions as a Justice, she would often look at the real life impact of the cases, and also stayed away from making definitive rulings in an effort to allow the states, legislatures, and society work out difficult moral issues. Her love with her husband was special to read about, and his eventual death to Alzheimers was sad and tragic. A fascinating life and I highly recommend this book to all readers.
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March 26, 2019 – Shelved
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March 26, 2019 – Shelved as: biography
March 26, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction
March 26, 2019 – Shelved as: united-states-history
March 26, 2019 – Shelved as: women-s-history
March 26, 2019 – Shelved as: cold-war-era
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