The People's Justice: Clarence Thomas and the Constitutional Stories that Define Him (Hardcover)
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"Amul Thapar sets the record straight with this can't-put-down series of stories that reveal the courage, decency, and humanity of the man behind what many are calling the Thomas Court."
—Megyn Kelly, journalist
"Amul Thapar has done what even gifted law professors and professional 'Court watchers' often fail to do: Thapar has focused on the men and women whose lives are before the nine and on how one justice, Clarence Thomas, has carefully, consistently, and compassionately applied his understanding of the Constitution to those lives."
— Hugh Hewitt, host of The Hugh Hewitt Show and professor of law
For thirty years, Clarence Thomas has been denounced as the “cruelest justice,” a betrayer of his race, an ideologue, and the enemy of the little guy. In this compelling study of the man and the jurist, Amul Thapar demolishes that caricature.
Every day, Americans go to court. Invoking the Constitution, they fight for their homes, for a better education for their children, and to save their cities from violence. Recounting the stories of a handful of these ordinary Americans whose struggles for justice reached the Supreme Court, Thapar shines new light on the heart and mind of Clarence Thomas.
A woman in debilitating pain whose only effective medication has been taken away by the government, the motherless children of a slain police officer, victims of sexual assault— read their eye-opening stories, stripped of legalese, and decide for yourself whether Thomas’s originalist jurisprudence delivers equal justice under law.
“Finding the right answer,” Justice Thomas has observed, “is often the least difficult problem.” What is needed is “the courage to assert that answer and stand firm in the face of the constant winds of protest and criticism.”
That courage—along with wisdom and compassion—shines out from every page of The People’s Justice. At the heart of this book is the question: Would you want to live in Justice Thomas’s America? After reading these stories, even his critics might be surprised by their answer.
About the Author
Amul Thapar, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, grew up in Toledo, Ohio, the son of immigrants from India. A graduate of Boston College and the University of California at Berkeley Law School, he served as a U.S. attorney and district court judge before his appointment to the appellate court in 2017. He and his wife have three children and live in Covington, Kentucky.
“Amul Thapar sets the record straight with this can’t-put-down series of stories that reveal the courage, decency, and humanity of the man behind what many are calling the Thomas Court.”
—Megyn Kelly, journalist
“A unique and fascinating book that reveals the character and judicial conduct of Justice Clarence Thomas. . . .”
—Edwin Meese III, 75th U.S. Attorney General
“In this compelling account of the judicial philosophy and pivotal opinions of Justice Clarence Thomas, readers will find a new appreciation of both the man himself and our Framers.”
—Laura Ingraham, host of The Ingraham Angle and former law clerk to Justice Thomas
“Justice Thomas will be remembered as a man of principle, courage and compassion long after many of his detractors have been forgotten.”
—Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell
“Two superb books in one—a breezy and accessible intellectual biography of Justice Clarence Thomas and a survey of some of the most important Supreme Court cases of the modern era.” —Mollie Hemingway, editor-in-chief of The Federalist and co-author of Justice on Trial
“The People’s Justice does more to pull back the curtains on the Court . . . than any book in decades. . . .”
—Hugh Hewitt, host of The Hugh Hewitt Show and professor at Chapman University School of Law
“For anyone concerned about the country’s future, this is a must-read.”
—William P. Barr, 77th and 85th U.S. Attorney General