The essays in this volume are powerful, but some have more enlightening things to say than others.
It can be hard powering through it the way one might read other anthologies, but particular essays within the collection make it where I cannot feel comfortable giving the overall work anything less than 4 stars.
The authors had no idea what kind of Justice he would become.
This collection of 18 essays covered a variety of angles of the confirmation hearing, including the treatment of the nominee and of Anita Hill.
It would seem that Thomas's performance on the court was entirely predictable based on these essays.
Thomas has not changed, rendering their predictions somewhat prescient.Anita Hill was seen as a feminist puppet, threat to the patriarchy.Tremendous gender politics and what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace to an all-male panel.But as this book reminded me, there are always countless agendas at play.These essays were written fairly soon after Thomas's confirmation to the Supreme Court.These writings powerfully elucidate not only the racial and sexual but also the historical, political, cultural, legal, psychological, and linguistic aspects of a signal and revelatory moment in American history. Fast forward 23 years and this book is so very relevant.Especially after the recent death of Justice Scalia and the Senate Leader's response.It was perhaps the most wretchedly aspersive race and gender scandal of recent times: the dramatic testimony of Anita Hill at the Senate hearings on the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court Justice.Yet even as the televised proceedings shocked and galvanized viewers not only in this country but the world over, they cast a long shadow on essential issues that d It was perhaps the most wretchedly aspersive race and gender scandal of recent times: the dramatic testimony of Anita Hill at the Senate hearings on the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court Justice.Took a month to read because it was analog (a real book).All in all a very interesting look back to a time I thought was interesting but ultimately had no lasting impact in terms of social/cultural changes (impacts based on the actual hearings, not Thomas's impacts as a Supreme Court Justice). A collection of essays relating to a piece of recent history that has somewhat faded away into obscurity.