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Posted by: Donald Paine on Mar 31, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2008

Journal Name: February 2008 - Vol. 44, No. 2

By Clarence Thomas | Harper Collins | $26.95 | 289 pages | 2007

This is the autobiography of Justice Clarence Thomas from his birth in Pinpoint, Georgia, through his swearing in at the United States

Supreme Court. It is a moving book, a memoir dedicated to his maternal grandfather Myers Anderson. Mr. Anderson ("Daddy") and wife raised the future justice and his brother in Savannah.

Few of us could have accomplished so much in face of the poverty and discrimination he endured. His life is a testament to hard work and determination.

One of the things I admire about the book is the author's candor about his shortcomings. Included among those was his fondness for alcohol. That ended on a hungover morning when he opened the refrigerator for food and found only two cans of Busch beer. "I drew myself a hot bath and downed them slowly as I sat in it. I haven't had a drink since."

He gives his side of the Anita Hill controversy. It is a welcome counterpoint to the vituperation heaped upon the nominee in those days.

I recommend the audio version; Justice Thomas is the reader. The hardbound book version is interesting because of 16 pages of photographs. Either way, it's a good read. �