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Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor explores the law, her life as a justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, and ideas, O'Connor sheds new light on the basics, and through personal observation she explores the development of institutions and ideas we have come to regard as fundamental.

O'Connor discusses notable cases that have shaped American democracy and the Court as we know it today, and she traces the turbulent battle women have fought since America's inception for a place in our nation's legal system.

Straight-talking, clear-eyed, inspiring, The Majesty of the Law is more than a reflection on O'Connor's own experiences as the first female justice of the Supreme Court; it also contains a discussion of how the suffrage movement changed the lives of women - in voting booths, jury boxes, and homes across the country.

In The Majesty of the Law, Sandra Day O'Connor reveals some of what she has learned and believes about American law and life, insights gleaned over her years as one of the most powerful and inspiring women in American history.

More great listens: Listen to Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest, Justice O'Connor's account of growing up on a farm in Arizona, and Tim Russert's 2005 interview with O'Connor, Justice Scalia, and Justice Stephen Bereyer.

Also, listen to other programs and speeches by and about Sandra Day O'Connor.

©2003 Sandra Day O'Connor (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"O'Connor gets down to the nitty-gritty of her profession." (Library Journal)
"O'Connor's book is an engagingly written civics lesson, delivering a warm appreciation of legal history." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 06-17-03

a little bit let down

The book was great when O'Conner was talking about the court system in the United States. However, she took a side trip into women's rights...for about half the book. Althought the women's rights section was interesting, it wasn't why I chose the book.
Nonetheless, it was worth listening to...especially in Sandra Day O' Conner's own voice.

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