First: Sandra Day O'Connor

First: Sandra Day O'Connor Review

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 her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her class at law school in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O'Connor's story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings--doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness.

She became the first-ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the Supreme Court, appointed by Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer's, O'Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise.

Women and men today will be inspired by how to be first in your own life, how to know when to fight and when to walk away, through O'Connor's example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family and believed in serving her country, who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for the women who followed her.

Title:First: Sandra Day O'Connor

    First: Sandra Day O'Connor Reviews

  • Brina

    As 2019 nears its third completed mark, my reading focus has become primarily nonfiction as I participate in the first annual group reading challenge in the Nonfiction Book Club here on goodreads. I h...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 hom...

  • Matt

    Continuing my exploration of influential members of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), I turned to Evan Thomas and his biography of Sandra Day O’Connor. The life and times of the first...

  • 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 groundbreak...

  • Lorna

    First: Sandra Day O'Connor was a meticulously researched biography by Evan Thomas. In addition to complete access to all of the documents and personal papers in Justice O'Connor's chambers at the Supr...

  • Moonkiszt

    This was one of those surprises - an available book at the library! Not one waved at me on FB or Audible or GR or Kindle sellers. . . .sometimes I worry that all I'm reading is what is being marketed ...

  • Joseph Sciuto

    Evan Thomas' "First: Sandra Day O'Connor" is an intimate, unbiased, resourceful, and beautifully written portrait of the first woman Supreme Court Justice. Appointed to the court by President Reagan i...

  • 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 a...

  • Ann-Marie

    One of the reasons I read several books at the same time is to lessen the sense of loss I can experience when I finish an exceptionally good book, that feeling of, "Oh, no. It's all over. Now what do ...