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Whose Accomplishments?

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The first question that presents itself about Sonia Sotomayor’s autobiography is: Did she write it? This is an age of ghosts (perhaps of many kinds, but certainly of the writing variety), and we take it for granted that prominent people have minions to help with wordsmithing. In the case of Supreme Court justices, the relationship is formalized through clerks who help write opinions and perform other tasks. But books are different. For integrity’s sake, a book ought to consist of the actual words of the author—particularly in an autobiography.

 



About the Author

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist and author, most recently, of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us).