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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Day O’Connor Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2002 ISBN: 9780736698122
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In this remarkable book, a national bestseller in hardcover, Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Supreme Court Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, ideas, and landmark cases, O’Connor sheds new light on the basics, exploring through personal observation the evolution of the Court and American democratic traditions. Straight-talking, clear-eyed, inspiring, The Majesty of the Law is more than a reflection on O’Connor’s own experiences as the first female Justice of the Supreme Court; it also reveals some of the things she has learned and believes about American law and life—reflections gleaned over her years as one of the most powerful and inspiring women in American history.


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  • With this important book, one of the most intriguing figures in American history reveals her private musings about history, the law, and her own life—both public and personal. The Majesty of the Law shows us why Sandra Day O’Connor is so compelling as a human being and so vital as a public thinker. Michael Beschloss, author of The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941–1945
  • Justice O’Connor’s newest book will intrigue and enlighten many different readers. She discusses multiple issues, including what it’s like to be on the Supreme Court, how and by whom the Court has been shaped, and the meaning of the rule of law. Her reflections on women in the law, and women in power, are especially thought-provoking. No one is better qualified than she to write about these issues, and she does so with her customary wit and clarity. Nan Keohane, president, Duke University
  • A marvelous collection of wide-ranging and plainspoken ruminations on the Constitution, constitutionalism, and the Supreme Court by the Court’s first female Justice. Justice O’Connor’s keen-wittedness, honesty, and common sense are revealed throughout. Although she eloquently reveals the majesty of the law, she also brings that majesty down to earth and makes it intelligible to all of us. It is her special genius. Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University, author of The American Revolution: A History
  • In The Majesty of the Law, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has blended personal reflections with key professional insights to give us a richly textured account of the fascinating history, current status, and hopeful future of the rule of law. The fact that the author is destined to take her place among the most influential Justices to serve on the modern U.S. Supreme Court makes this important book all the more significant. James F. Simon, Martin Professor of Law at New York Law School and author of What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Griff | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting but a bit simplistic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/30/2014

    " I read this a while ago (can't remember exactly when) and it was a very readable primer on the Supreme Court and the legal system for me (who doesn't know bupkus about these things) as well as a glimpse into O'Connor's life. I remember when she was first appointed and what a big deal it was that a woman was appointed (I was in high school at the time). I'm reminded that I read this book due to the DOMA/Prop 8 cases being argued before SCOTUS this week. I have a better understanding of how the cases got here because of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 1/28/2014

    " A fascinating look at the thoughts of Justice O'Connor, and many of the legal principles explored don't require a legal background to understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 1/25/2014

    " The Supreme Court I find fascinating and this book does a good job of explaining the oddities and rituals of the system. The book is fairly conservative without much analysis, critique, or intrigue. It's a fine book, just not that interesting. The discussion of international law and court systems in other countries was interesting and something I haven't read about much before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Appelbaum | 1/21/2014

    " Really interesting to learn about the Supreme Court and some of the background in forming our legal system. surprising to realize women were still 2nd class citizens as recently as 35 - 40 years ago! Mrs. O'Conner talks about the legal system today and the best part of the book is near the end where she discusses what is wront with our jury system. This book should be ready by every lawyer and judge in the country....maybe our legal system would improve by leaps and bounds. Very enjoyable read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christen | 1/20/2014

    " Everyone I know who read this really didn't care for it - but it was okay. There were about 3 chapters that I found to be very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna Kangas | 1/14/2014

    " amazing book, I learned a lot of interesting facts about the Supreme Court and this amazing woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/6/2014

    " Some good stories from a person we don't get to hear much personal information about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 12/21/2013

    " Fantastic insight to living life on the Supreme Court. Wonderful description of the job of a Supreme Court Justice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/9/2013

    " This was not an easy read, but worth reading to learn more about the history of the court. I did not know William Howard Taft became Supreme Court Justice AFTER he was President. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas Graney | 11/30/2013

    " Not bad, some chapters I found useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 11/27/2013

    " by far the best law book i've read. the former supreme court justice keeps things in perspective but at the same time reveals a profound and inspirational side of constitutional law (i didn't know there was one either...). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/26/2013

    " A personal and clearly written look at the Court and some of the important people and decisions that have shaped it into its current posture. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tamsen | 9/1/2013

    " I should have known when the guy at the bookstore told me not to buy the book. I got part way into it, and then I just could not take it anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 5/10/2013

    " Very comprehensive for such a concise book. Got a little dry at times, but gave great insight into roots and present state of the judicial system in America. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 11/18/2012

    " Good little history review if you can stay awake.....zzzzzzz "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/28/2012

    " Reads like a textbook. Too dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Eickhoff | 3/11/2012

    " Can be a little dry at times but overall a good read. For those who have an interest in Sandra Day O'Connor it is well worth the time to read it as she gives great insight into the Court, Justices and the Law. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Long | 1/24/2012

    " Another one I read in anticipation of my family's trip to DC. This one was a good primer for the Supreme Court and how it works. (Unfortunately we couldn't get in the tour of the Supreme Court and had terrible service in the cafeteria downstairs!) O'Connor writes with candor and even some humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vangoghadmirer | 6/17/2011

    " liked this book enough I have two copies, one is signed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 4/13/2011

    " Very comprehensive for such a concise book. Got a little dry at times, but gave great insight into roots and present state of the judicial system in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/14/2010

    " A personal and clearly written look at the Court and some of the important people and decisions that have shaped it into its current posture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/11/2010

    " Reads like a textbook. Too dry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Griff | 11/1/2009

    " Interesting but a bit simplistic "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas | 8/22/2008

    " Not bad, some chapters I found useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 6/4/2008

    " by far the best law book i've read. the former supreme court justice keeps things in perspective but at the same time reveals a profound and inspirational side of constitutional law (i didn't know there was one either...). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vangoghadmirer | 3/21/2008

    " liked this book enough I have two copies, one is signed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tamsen | 3/13/2008

    " I should have known when the guy at the bookstore told me not to buy the book. I got part way into it, and then I just could not take it anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 3/5/2008

    " Another one I read in anticipation of my family's trip to DC. This one was a good primer for the Supreme Court and how it works. (Unfortunately we couldn't get in the tour of the Supreme Court and had terrible service in the cafeteria downstairs!) O'Connor writes with candor and even some humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christen | 12/27/2007

    " Everyone I know who read this really didn't care for it - but it was okay. There were about 3 chapters that I found to be very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 11/12/2007

    " Some good stories from a person we don't get to hear much personal information about. "

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About the Author
Author Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor began her public service in Phoenix as the majority leader of the Arizona Senate before becoming a judge. In 1981, President Reagan nominated her as associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, a position she served until 2006. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Lazy B, a memoir about growing up in the Southwest, and The Majesty of the Law, a reflection on American law and life. Currently, she serves as chancellor of the College of William and Mary, and is on the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.