When Bill Bennett's wide-ranging interview with Justice Clarence Thomas came to the subject of literature and philosophy, Justice Thomas had the following to say:
Clarence Thomas: I suddenly reached a point, and a lot of it was during the eighties, when I had [Claremont Institute Senior Fellows] Ken Masugi, and John Marini... Claremont guys spend time with me and I had just gotten back into the notion that reading was fun. It expanded your mind. So we read Churchill, we read Lincoln, or we moved on to... we read Paul Johnson, you see what I'm saying?
Bill Bennett: Yes, Sir. How about [Claremont Institute Distinguished Fellow] Harry Jaffa, Crisis of the House Divided?
CT: [laughter] Of course... House Divided.
BB: Maybe the best political book of the last century on the meaning of America. Would you agree [it's] one of the great books?
CT: Of course it is one of the great books.
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