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Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination that changed… (Original 2015; 2015. Auflage)

von Wil Haygood (Autor)

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"The author of The Butler presents a revelatory biography of the first African-American Supreme Court justice--one of the giants of the civil rights movement, and one of the most transforming Supreme Court justices of the 20th century,"--Novelist.
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Titel:Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination that changed America
Autoren:Wil Haygood (Autor)
Info:New York : Alfred A. Knopf (2015), Edition: First, Hardcover, 404 pages
Sammlungen:DST, Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:*****
Tags:B, Supreme Court, African Americans, Civil rights, Thurgood Marshall, Biography, Law, Politi

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Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America von Wil Haygood (2015)

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Wil Haygood's book "Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America" provides a good summary of Thurgood Marshall's life, and the unfortunate discrimination he faced and fought against during his life. The story of how a handful of Southern Senators conspired to prevent him from being placed on the Supreme Court because of their segregationist views and upbringing was a sad look back at the Jim Crow era. For the young people of our Country who didn't experience those Jim Crow years, and may have been confused by the mindset of Dylann Roof's horrific murder of those nine African American worshippers at a Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June, 2015, this book gives insights into the white supremasist attitude of that time, and serves as a sad reminder of how long it takes for those prejudices to die out in our society.

The one downside to the book, if you can call it that, is that I thought it came out second best to another book I had recently read about Thurgood Marshall's life, i.e., Gilbert King's "Devil in the Grove". King's book didn't cover the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on Marshall's nomination to the Supreme Court, but did a superb job describing Marshall's fight for racial equality and what he endured in his position as chief NAACP litigator. If I had only one book to read about Marshall, I favored "Devil in the Grove".
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The last two chapters of this book, regarding the confirmation of Thurgood Marshall, were the most enjoyable parts. Had the entire book been written like this, it would have received 4 stars from me. It was interesting, relevant, riveting analysis of one of the most controversial senate hearings in modern US history. However, most of the book was made up of irrelevant stream-of-consciousness tirades about individuals loosely or not at all associated with Justice Marshall, which added no value to the context or history surrounding the nomination.

If you can drudge through the chapters about random individuals who played no part in the history of Marshall, LBJ, Eastland, or the other Senate Judiciary Committee members, the author provides some analysis of the relevant times. However, the book could have easily been 180 pages and much more enjoyable.

The non-linear storyline didn't directly bother me as much as the non-relevant storyline. For example, the author utilizes the epilogue to denounce the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative, with no basis in fact. Meanwhile, the rest of the book defends Marshall's judicial activism under the guise of "the opposition was racist." Most of the book, in fact, reads like a much-too-long gossip column.

If you're still interested, get it from the library; this is not a book I would want to keep on my shelf. ( )
  craftytombombadil | Aug 4, 2020 |
Have you ever read a book that you loved but disliked; made you proud and "miffed;" but renewed your spirit? This was one of those books. I have always held Thurgood Marshall in high regards not because he was perfect because he was perfect in his imperfection. Growing up, I always knew he was on the Supreme Court; I knew he was the lawyer behind Brown v Board of Education but as a kid, I did not understand the depth of his selflessness to human kind. Yes, I said human kind because that is who he represented despite the focus on Blacks. Schools especially those in the USA should make this required reading. Why should it be required reading? Because kids need to understand the society from which America was formed. ( )
  vtlucania | Jul 25, 2017 |
5469. Showdown Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, by Wil Haygood (read 12 May 2017), This is a 2015 book which tells of Thurgood Marshall's life and his nomination in 1967 by LBJ to the Supreme Court. That nomination was an important and good thing, but the author makes it into a near run thing, which it wasn't. The Democrats had a substantial majority in the Senate and the Republicans did not oppose the nomination! (Today in the Senate a guy like Marshall probably would not get a single Republican vote.) Sure, the Southern senators were vehemently against him, as they were vehemently against desegregation, but there is no reason to believe that even a filibuster would have defeated the nomination and so I believe the author projects a false picture of the situation which he writes about. There are digressions having very limited relation to what the book's main theme is, and the writing is atrociously poor. The discussion of legal issues makes clear the author's lack of legal training. I read the author's biography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., on 7 June 1996 and found it good reading. telling the good with the bad about Powell. This book is wholly eulogistic as to Marshall to such an extent that one cannot trust the author's objectivity--even though I strongly feel Marshall was a good man to have on the Court. The flaws of this book make it not worth reading ( )
  Schmerguls | May 12, 2017 |
Thurgood Marshall may not have worn a cape and tights, but he was, nevertheless, every inch a superhero.

Wil Haygood takes us back to Marshall’s childhood to tell us what it was like for a young, smart, ambitious kid growing up in a world in which he couldn’t even use most public bathrooms or be admitted to many restaurants and hotels. But this never diminished his spirit and determination. On the contrary, it inspired him further not only to achieve, but to work for change for everyone else.

This book uses the Senate confirmation hearings for Marshall’s Supreme Court nomination as scaffolding to structure his story; the author goes back and forth in time, basically telling in large part the history of black America from post-Reconstruction times onward. It is a nasty and brutal history which will often have you cringing (there are, for example, two blow-by-blow accounts of lynchings, though the accounts are quite germane), but will greatly enhance your understanding of the country as it is today.

Evaluation: If you only read about the life of one trailblazing hero, I recommend reading about Thurgood Marshall. His unparalleled bravery in spite of constant threats against his life, his unflagging dedication to others, and his unfailing good humor and optimism in the face of unrelenting efforts by whites to keep him down, is utterly amazing and inspirational.

I've seen some reviews opine that Devil in the Grove, also about Marshall, is superior to this book. I found it excellent as well, but the fact is, when you're writing about a true giant of a man like Marshall, it's hard to go wrong. ( )
  nbmars | Feb 11, 2016 |
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