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Supreme Discomfort

The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas

by Kevin Merida, Michael Fletcher

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Supreme Discomfort by Kevin Merida, Michael Fletcher
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  • Published Apr 2007
    432 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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Supreme Discomfort tracks the personal odyssey of perhaps the least understood man in Washington, from his poor childhood in Pin Point and Savannah, Georgia, to his educational experiences in a Catholic seminary and Holy Cross, to his law school years at Yale during the black power era, to his rise within the Republican political establishment. It offers a window into a man who straddles two different worlds and is uneasy in both—and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come.

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"The authors' attempts to link his convictions to his psyche—they make much of his alleged resentment of light-skinned black professional elites—don't always click, but Thomas still emerges as a fascinating and emblematic figure." - PW.

"This is a thoroughly absorbing look at a conflicted man whose views will impact American law and race relations for generations." - Booklist.

"An unflinching look at success and race in America. " - Kirkus.

"All in all, this is a thoughtful and evenhanded treatment; recommended for all libraries." - Library Journal.

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