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In this intimate portrait of an institution, America's first female Supreme Court Justice traces the Court's history to its inner workings in contemporary life. By couching her narrative in her personal reflections, she shows how landmark cases, key ideas, and influential people have built the Court as an edifice that continues to demand active interpretation. Her book particularly emphasizes the turbulent battle women have fought in the legal system since America's inception, her own position an expression of the labors of the suffrage movement and its efforts to change the lives of American women in voting booths, jury boxes, and homes. One of the most powerful women in American history tells us what she thinks matters most in American law.
©2003 The Arizona Community Foundation; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

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"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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  • James
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 07-11-05

Informative and well-written

As someone interested in the law (I'm starting law school this fall), I was fascinated by Justice O'Connor's book. She gives her views on judicial interpretation, areas she thinks our justice system can be improved, her personal experience and views on sufferage and women's rights, all mixed in with a solid look at legal history in the U.S.

As a Supreme Court Justice and former Senator, she's obviously earned expert status whether or not you agree with her disposition or not.

I particularly liked her criticisms of the jury system, along with her ideas on what can be done about it. The only weakness of the book is that she is occassionaly repetetive. But overall a great book that is well narrarated.

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