Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

By Wil Haygood, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 406 pages, $32.50

, New York Law Journal

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Diversity in the federal judiciary was virtually nonexistent in 1967. Up to that time, only five blacks had ever been appointed to Article III judgeships. The big break with the past occurred when President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 1967. Wil Haygood has written a compelling book about Marshall's tumultuous confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first such extended hearings in history.

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