A Memoir of Clarence Thomas
On Sale: October 1, 2007
Featuring: Clarence Thomas
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Provocative, inspiring, and unflinchingly honest, My
Grandfather's Son is the story of one of America's most
remarkable and controversial leaders, Supreme Court justice
Clarence Thomas, told in his own words.
Thomas was born in rural Georgia on June 23, 1948, into a
life marked by poverty and hunger. His parents divorced when
Thomas was still a baby, and his father moved north to
Philadelphia, leaving his young mother to raise him and his
brother and sister on the ten dollars a week she earned as a
maid. At age seven, Thomas and his six-year-old brother were
sent to live with his mother's father, Myers Anderson, and
her stepmother in their Savannah home. It was a move that
would forever change Thomas's life.
His grandfather, whom he called "Daddy," was a black man
with a strict work ethic, trying to raise a family in the
years of Jim Crow. Thomas witnessed his grandparents'
steadfastness despite injustices, their hopefulness despite
bigotry, and their deep love for their country. His own
quiet ambition would propel him to Holy Cross and Yale Law
School, and eventually—despite a bitter, highly contested
public confirmation—to the highest court in the land. In
this candid and deeply moving memoir, a quintessential
American tale of hardship and grit, Clarence Thomas recounts
his astonishing journey for the first time, and pays homage
to the man who made it possible.
Intimately and eloquently, Thomas speaks out, revealing the
pieces of his life he holds dear, detailing the suffering
and injustices he has overcome, including the acrimonious
and polarizing Senate hearing involving a former aide, Anita
Hill, and the depression and despair it created in his own
life and the lives of those closest to him. My
Grandfather's Son is the story of a determined man whose
faith, courage, and perseverance inspired him to rise up
against all odds and achieve his dreams.
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