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 in 1981 one could easily make the case that she was the most important justice over the next twenty-five years. As Mr. Evan points out, it was her minimalist approach to the law and court opinions and her ability to relate present day society to the law that allowed the court from going too far to the left or the right… Protecting the rights of women and minorities, families and children from the radical ideas some of her fellow justices were trying to hammer into law or, in many cases totally remove the progress the country had made on issues of race and human rights.
I highly recommend this book. It is not only a look at the life of an amazing lady, but it also gives the reader an inside look into the Supreme Court that is easy to understand and process.