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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O Connor, America s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first time access to Justice O Connor s archives She s a hero for our time, and this is the biography for our time Walter Isaacson Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR and The Washington Post She was born inin 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 law school class in , 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 Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law When she arrived at the United States Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in , 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 who want to be leaders and be first in their own lives who want to learn when to walk away and when to stand their ground will be inspired by O Connor s example This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family, who believed in serving her country, and who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for all women Praise for First Cinematicpoignantilluminating and eminently readableFirst gives us a real sense of Sandra Day O Connor the human being Thomas gives O Connor the credit she deserves The Washington Post A fascinating and revelatory biographya richly detailed picture of O Connor s personal and professional lifeEvan Thomas s book is not just a biography of a remarkable woman, but an elegy for a worldview that, in law as well as politics, has disappeared from the nation s main stages The New York Times Book Review