This is a readable autobiography describing Sotomayor’s improbable rise to the highest court in the land. Her descriptions of life as an immigrant child are colorful and revealing; this is a briskly-paced tale, interesting to read with a few lagging spots here and there. Some critics observe that her tell-all comes across as supremely self-confident if not hubristic. Perhaps, but to me her memoir comes across more as: “Life is filled with challenges; for those who work hard and prepare and over-prepare, hey, almost anything is possible.” As her mentor and boss, Barack Obama is wont to observe, “This is America. You can make it if you try.”
The Christian writer C. S. Lewis once addressed the twin temptations of pride and ambition. He observed that if a military person honestly believes he/she has a unique vision and a plan to help win – and thus end – a war, it is not sinful ambition to want the top post as commanding general. However, if one simply craves the headlines and the trappings and the fawning admiration of others, then the ambitions have taken a wrong turn. Throughout her book, Ms. Sotomayor reveals an abiding empathy for others and a desire to rise to a position of sufficient power and influence so she can improve the existence and buttress the security of as many of her fellow citizens as she possibly can.