First: Sandra Day O'Connor

First: Sandra Day O'Connor

Based on exclusive interviews and access to the Supreme Court archives, this is the intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of America's first female Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor--by New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas.She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set he...


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  • Dave
    “First” is a in-depth biography of one of the most remarkable women in American history. In many ways, Justice O’Connor has not received the recognition she deserves for being such a groundbreaking figure. Based on over a hundred interviews with friends, family members, fellow justice...
  • Brittany
    **Netgalley provided me with a DRC of this workIn exchange for an honest review**Superb. Top five of the biographies I’ve read in the past five years. The cyclical storytelling of this phenomenal account of SOC’s life, does not feel like the momentous (nearly) 500 page monster that it is, ...
  • Lisa
    An inspiring and enlightening autobiography of a most amazing woman.SUMMARYSandra Day was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. She graduated near the top of her law school cla...
  • Bob H
    An inspiring, and well-researched, biography of the nation's first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. The author may be among the last to interview the former Justice (now in assisted living), and had numerous interviews with her former law clerks, colleagues (including other Justices), and family fri...
  • Casey Wheeler
    This book is well researched and written. The author's writing style makes this an interesting read. It covers the life of the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. The book does an excellent job of describing how O'Connor arrived at the opinions that she wrote and how she dealt with dif...
  • Karen
    For a big dose of inspiration, I highly recommend reading this book, though I must admit I felt like an underachiever! I suspected Sandra Day O’Connor had impeccable credentials and connections in order to be appointed the first woman on the Supreme Court, but never would have imagined the hurd...
  • Jean
    I have read Joan Biskupic’s biography of Sandra Day O’Connor (1930-) and have read O’Connor’s memoirs and other books. Thomas’s book was written after she retired from the Court so contains more information about her later life. Thomas also had access to John O’Connor...
  • Mike
    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 excus...
  • Missy
    First: Sandra Day O'Connor, by Evan Thomas, is the first biography I have read about Sandra Day O'Connor. Clearly, a lot of research went into the book, but unfortunately the writing is disorganized and lacks focus. The introduction of her early life, her wonderful marriage to John, and her early ca...

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