Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court

out of order cover imageOut of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court

Sandra Day O'Connor
Memoirs
Random House
Hardcover, 256 pages
$26.00

We recently featured Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s new memoir My Beloved World in these pages.  It seems only right to follow that up with this new volume by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She served on the court from 1981 to 2006 and was the crucial swing-vote at what then was a delicate center of the now deeply divided court. We feature it not because it is a terrific book – in fact it is somewhat pedestrian – but because it illustrates what many consider her legacy on the court – a very sharp and thoughtful legal analyst, but one so aversive to controversy that she often seemed to side with Justice Rehnquist and others just to avoid conflict. That characteristic shows in this book also. Her vote on Bush vs. Gore is the most compelling case-in-point! If she’s one of you heroines, it’s worth the read.