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After almost three years of intensive research, two superb journalists shed much light on the explosive issues that arose during the confirmation hearings: Did Thomas indeed harass Hill? How did Hill’s allegations leak to the press? Why was the Senate Judiciary Committee unable to solve the mysteries surrounding the case?
But as Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson show, the story of Thomas’s ascension to the Court goes far beyond what emerged during the hearings. Over the course of their investigation, the authors conducted hundreds of interviews—including the first on-the-record interview with Anita Hill about her role in the controversy—and uncovered many documents that were never shared with the public. For the first time, we learn about Thomas’s ten-year campaign for the high court and the doubts about him that haunted the White House from the start. We see the profound cynicism behind the administration’s campaign for Thomas: its canny manipulation…[more]