* The Butler’s Child by Lewis Steel

One would think that the autobiography of an important civil rights lawyer would make for fascinating reading. It does not, as recitations of legal cases, and the lawyerly machinations behind them, don’t make for an exciting narrative, at least for non-lawyer types. The Butler’s Child also refers repeatedly to the butler of the author’s grandparents as an¬†inspiration for the author’s career and I thought the references were disturbingly patronizing (although I believe entirely sincere). It’s too bad that the presentation spoiled the story.


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