RaveThe New York Review of BooksThe writing is clear and jargon-free, even riveting in its deadpan just-the-facts narrative. The 182-page volume 2...reads like a cross between Wolf Hall and Richard III ... It is Trumpian reality television come startlingly to life ... Most accounts of the report, understandably focused on the conclusions—obstruction? indictable? impeachable?—have omitted the detail needed to fully grasp both the madness in the White House and the sheer energy these aides had to expend to keep the presidential engine from jumping the track ... There, revealed in all its granular glory, is the state of our democracy today.
PositiveThe New York Review of Books...a book about a life more than a book about a judge ... From the many cases in which O’Connor participated, Thomas wisely emphasizes those that illustrate either her influence on the Court or an important turning point in her tenure ... Thomas’s description of O’Connor’s motivation [in Bush v. Gore] is plausible ... In the pages of this fine biography, we see O’Connor emerge as exceptional not only for being the first female Supreme Court justice, but for standing astride an ever-widening ideological gulf.
Jane Sherron de Hart
MixedThe New York Times Book Review\"And Ginsburg’s role in the law-related aspects of that transformation will be familiar, at least in general terms, to anyone drawn to this weighty book (546 pages of text and 111 pages of endnotes, to say nothing of the bibliography and index) ... De Hart’s lengthy narrative, strong on facts, is less so on analysis. (And her grip on Supreme Court procedure is shaky: The court, for example, does not have a \'spring term.\') We are left to wonder what it was, beyond obvious dismay at the court’s conservative turn, that transformed a judge known for singing the virtues of minimalism and consensus-building into a famous dissenter...\