Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

The True American Dream

Book - 2010
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The definitive biography of the first Latina and third woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court from the biographer of Condoleeza Rice and Laura Bush. The author delves behind the headlines to tell the compelling story of how the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants living in the South Bronx became one of the greatest legal minds in the country. With insight and thoughtful analysis, she explores the tenacity that makes Sotomayor a sharp, fearless judge; the sense of compassion that drives her to seek justice for the underprivileged; and her strong community ties, which never let her forget where she came from. Drawing on candid interviews with figures from Sotomayor's personal and professional life as well as speeches, interviews with Sotomayor, and published papers, the author paints a revealing portrait of the woman who would come to meet President Obama's rigorous criteria for a Supreme Court justice and whose appointment would make history.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425234839
Characteristics: xviii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 04, 2011

The book provides ample evidence of Justice Sotomayor's persistence, charm, character, and intelligence. It details at some length her extensive legal experience and touches upon her relationships with family, friends, co-workers, subordinates and love interests (very briefly).
In my opinion, some of the detail was overly extensive. When she was a prosecutor, she prosecuted a serious murder case and that was discussed over many many pages. When she worked for a private firm on an illegal counterfeiting case, the author again chose to go into too much detail. And finally, when she ruled on the infamous baseball strike, the author chose to delve into that case for many pages. Perhaps other readers will be interested in those specifics but it wasn't important reading for me.
Although most readers probably heard her reaction to being nominated by President Obama to serve on the Supreme Court, it is a heartwarming story. She richly deserves the seat on the Supreme Court and I think she will be an excellent justice.


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