Strange Justice

The Selling of Clarence Thomas
Author: Jane Mayer,Jill Abramson
Publisher: Graymalkin Media
ISBN: 163168163X
Category: Law
Page: 358
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Now a New York Times Best Seller and a National Book Award finalist. Charged with racial, sexual, and political overtones, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court justice was one of the most divisive spectacles the country has ever seen. Anita Hill’s accusation of sexual harassment by Thomas, and the attacks on her that were part of his high-placed supporters’ rebuttal, both shocked the nation and split it into two camps. One believed Hill was lying, the other believed that the man who ultimately took his place on the Supreme Court had committed perjury. In this brilliant, often shocking book, Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson, two of the nation’s top investigative journalists examine all aspects of this controversial case. They interview witnesses that the Judiciary Committee chose not to call, and present documents never before made public. They detail the personal and professional pasts of both Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill and lay bare a campaign of lobbying, public relations, and character assassination fueled by conservative power at its most desperate. A gripping high-stakes drama, Strange Justice is not only a definitive account of the Clarence Thomas nomination hearings, but is also a classic casebook of how the Washington game is played by those for whom winning is everything.

Speaking Truth to Power

Author: Anita Hill
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307779663
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
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See the new HBO movie CONFIRMATION about the Clarence Thomas hearings, starring Kerry Washington in the role of Anita Hill—then read Hill’s own life story. After her astonishing testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings, Anita Hill ceased to be a private citizen and became a public figure at the white-hot center of an intense national debate on how men and women relate to each other in the workplace. That debate led to ground-breaking court decisions and major shifts in corporate policies that have had a profound effect on our lives--and on Anita Hill's life. Now, with remarkable insight and total candor, Anita Hill reflects on events before, during, and after the hearings, offering for the first time a complete account that sheds startling new light on this watershed event. Only after reading her moving recollection of her childhood on her family's Oklahoma farm can we fully appreciate the values that enabled her to withstand the harsh scrutiny she endured during the hearings and for years afterward. Only after reading her detailed narrative of the Senate Judiciary proceedings do we reach a new understanding of how Washington--and the media--rush to judgment. And only after discovering the personal toll of this wrenching ordeal, and how Hill copes, do we gain new respect for this extraordinary woman. Here is a vitally important work that allows us to understand why Anita Hill did what she did, and thereby brings resolution to one of the most controversial episodes in our nation's history. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Real Anita Hill

Author: David Brock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0029046564
Category: History
Page: 472
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More than a year and a half after the dramatic confrontation between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, opinions remain sharply divided on which one was telling the truth, and on the episode's significance and meaning for American society. Opinion polls conducted on the first anniversary of the hearings showed that public sentiment in Thomas' favor had weakened, while Anita Hill has become a national celebrity, a heroine credited with putting sexual harassment on the national agenda and thus a symbol of the feminist and civil rights movements who is said to have inspired a political "year of the woman."

Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power

Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality
Author: Homi K. Bhabha,Kimberlé Crenshaw,Margaret A. Burnham,Paula Giddings,A. Leon Higginbotham,Claudia Brodsky Lacour,Wahneema H. Lubiano,Manning Marable,Nellie Y. McKay,Nell Irvin Painter,Gayle Pemberton,Andrew Ross,Christine Stansell,Carol Miller Swain,Michael Thelwell,Kendall Thomas,Cornel West,Patricia J. Williams
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0679741453
Category: Political Science
Page: 475
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Eighteen essays by prominent scholars reflect on the cultural, historical, political, personal, legal, sexual, and linguistic implications of the Thomas hearings and Hill's accusations

The Complete Transcripts of the Clarence Thomas - Anita Hill Hearings

October 11, 12, 13, 1991
Author: Anita Miller
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 0897334086
Category: Social Science
Page: 450
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This volume contains not only the complete verbatim transcript of the testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 11, 12 and 13, 1991, but, as Nina Totenberg points out in her preface, "the important exhibits that were submitted - affidavits aimed at discrediting Hill, and the sworn testimony of the so-called "other woman," Angela Wright, who had worked for Thomas and, like Hill, claimed he made lewd and inappropriate remarks to her." Wright herself was never called to testify before the cameras. But she did give telephone testimony to the committee staff - as did her friend Rose Jourdain - and that testimony is included here. Although more that two years have passed since these hearings were held, public interest remains high. With their implications for attitudes toward race, gender and sexual harassment, the issues and emotions created by the hearings are still of vital importance to literate, thinking Americans. History, someone said, is what happens before you know it. Thus, many events come clear only in retrospect. This book will at last allow the general interest reader the opportunity to develop a calm and reasoned insight into those explosive and historic three days.

Reimagining Equality

Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Author: Anita Hill
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807014370
Category: Political Science
Page: 195
View: 1978

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Looks at the housing crisis in the United States and provides details on the lives of several African American women and their journeys to find a home.


The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988
Author: Jane Mayer,Doyle McManus
Publisher: Graymalkin Media
ISBN: 1631681923
Category: History
Page: 395
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For six years, Ronald Reagan seemed invincible. But behind the glowing image of success was an administration courting disaster. In this spellbinding book, two top Washington reporters trace the origins of the Iran-contra affair and the unraveling of the Reagan presidency, taking us deep inside a white house that care more for stagecraft than statecraft and that mistook a landslide reelection for an unlimited mandate. Here is the startling illumination of power and personality, an explosive tale of a president’s unmaking—and a landmark book about the current state of the American presidency. “Many readers will savor Landslide simply for its high-level gossip. But the book has the far deeper value of exposing the ever-increasing discrepancy between substance and image in the American presidency.” –Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

The Dark Side

The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307456501
Category: History
Page: 432
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The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made self-destructive decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a long held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment. With a new afterward. One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year National Bestseller National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

I Still Believe Anita Hill

Author: Amy Richards,Cynthia Greenberg
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558618104
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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In the fall of 1991, Anita Hill captured the country's attention when she testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee describing sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who had been her boss and was about to ascend to the Supreme Court. We know what happened: she was challenged, disbelieved, and humiliated; he was given a life-long appointment to decide America's judicial fate. What is lesser known is how many women and men were inspired by Anita Hill's bravery, how her testimony changed the feminist movement, and how she singlehandedly brought public awareness to the issue of sexual harassment. Twenty years later, this collection brings together three generations to witness, respond to, and analyze Hill's impact, and to present insights in law, politics, and the confluence of race, class, and gender. With original contributions by Anita Hill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Catharine MacKinnon, Patricia J. Williams, Eve Ensler, Ai Jen Poo, Kimberly Crenshaw, Lynn Nottage, Gloria Steinem, Lani Guinier, Lisa Kron, Mary Oliver, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Powell, and many others.

Capitol games

the inside story of Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, and a Supreme Court nomination
Author: Timothy M. Phelps,Helen Winternitz
Publisher: Perennial
ISBN: 9780060975531
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, told by the first print journalist to break the story of Hill's allegations of sexual harassment. Based on extensive interiews and prodigious research, this definitive account of these history-making hearings presents far-reaching implications for the political landscape of our country.

My Grandfather's Son

A Memoir
Author: Clarence Thomas
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006056556X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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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 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. 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.

Battle for Justice

How the Bork Nomination Shook America
Author: Ethan Bronner
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781402752278
Category: History
Page: 390
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An affecting testimonial to the bond between American soldiers in Vietnam and their canine helpers, A Soldier's Best Friend is veteran John C. Burnam's account of his tenure as a scout dog handler patrolling the jungles of Vietnam with his German shepherd, Clipper, at his side. There were 10,000 soldiers in Vietnam like Burnam, accompanied by these intelligent, adaptable scout dogs. Between hazardous missions, the dogs were loving, playful friends who shared the lives of their human squadmates, while in the combat zone they were all business. Routinely braving danger, the canines searched for injured GIs, probed for potentially lethal booby traps, located underground weapons caches and warned of approaching enemy attacks and ambushes. So valuable was the dogs' service that the Viet Cong offered a hefty bounty for their lives. Despite their heroism, many of these dogs were abandoned at the conflict's end, left to fend for themselves. Since the 1990s, this book has had two runs as a self-published book, and one as a trade title, with all three of these print runs selling out.

Judging Thomas

The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas
Author: Ken Foskett
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006173733X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
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Clarence Thomas, the youngest and most controversial member of the Supreme Court, could become the longest-serving justice in history, influencing American law for decades to come. Who is this enigmatic man? And what does he believe in? Judging Thomas tells the remarkable story of Clarence Thomas's improbable journey from hardscrabble beginnings in the segregated South to the loftiest court in the land. With objectivity and balance, author Ken Foskett chronicles Thomas's contempt for upper-crust blacks who snubbed his uneducated, working-class roots; his flirtation with the priesthood and, later, Black Power; the resentment that fueled his opposition to affirmative action; the conservative beliefs that ultimately led him to the Supreme Court steps; and the inner resilience that propelled him through the doors. Based on interviews with Thomas himself, fellow justices, family members, and hundreds of friends and associates, Judging Thomas skillfully unravels perhaps the most complex, controversial, and powerful public figure in America today.

Advice & Consent

Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, and the Intriguing History of the Supreme Court's Nomination Battles
Author: Paul Simon
Publisher: National PressBooks
Category: Judges
Page: 328
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Chronicles the Senate's role in confirmation proceedings since the George Washington administration and suggests changes in the process

Blinded by the Right

The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative
Author: David Brock
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 1400047285
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 378
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The author describes his disenchantment with the neo-conservative movement and offers an insider's view of the hypocrisy and treachery of the right-wing political force that abandoned its principles to sabotage the Clinton presidency.

Drive Yourself Sane

Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics
Author: Susan Presby Kodish,Bruce I. Kodish
Publisher: Extensional Publishing
ISBN: 9780970066466
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 237
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Dark Money

The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0307947904
Category: Political Science
Page: 576
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Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? --Publisher.


The Confirmation of Clarence Thomas
Author: John C. Danforth
Publisher: Viking Press
Category: Law
Page: 225
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When U.S. Senator and Christian minister John C. Danforth sponsored Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court nomination, he was not prepared for the explosion caused by Anita Hill's charges of sexual harassment. Here is a deeply moving story of spiritual regeneration and a revealing account of an important moment in American history.

Tainted Witness

Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
Author: Leigh Gilmore
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780231177146
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
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In 1991, Anita Hill brought testimony and scandal into America's living rooms during televised Senate confirmation hearings in which she detailed the sexual harassment she had suffered at the hands of Clarence Thomas. The male Senate Judiciary Committee refused to take Hill seriously and the veracity of Hill's claims were sullied in the mainstream media. Hill was defamed as "a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty," and Thomas went on to be confirmed. The tainting of Hill and her testimony are part of a larger social history in which women find themselves caught up in a system that refuses to believe what they say. The Anita Hill case shows how a tainted witness is not who someone is, but what someone can become. Why are women so often considered unreliable witnesses to their own experience? How are women discredited in legal courts and in courts of public opinion? Why is women's testimony so often mired in controversies fueled by histories of slavery and colonialism? Tainted Witness takes up these questions within a rich archive, including Anita Hill's testimony as well as Rigoberta Menchú's account of genocide in Guatemala; Jamaica Kincaid's literary witnessing in Autobiography of My Mother; and news coverage of such stories as Nafissatou Diallo's claim that Dominique Strauss-Kahn raped her. Bringing together legal, literary, and feminist frameworks, Leigh Gilmore provides provocative readings of what happens when women's testimony is discredited. Throughout, Gilmore demonstrates how testimony crosses jurisdictions, publics, and the unsteady line between truth and fiction in search of justice.