Now, the high court's term begins just as one of the justices tells his story. Clarence Thomas has written an autobiography called "My Grandfather's Son." Several news organizations found advance copies of the book, which goes on sale today. In it, Thomas unapologetically recounts the battle over his nomination.

He was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee, Anita Hill. He writes now that she was a mediocre employee who was used by his political opponents. Nationally televised hearings ended with Thomas's confirmation by the U.S. Senate. And when his side won, Thomas writes, his response was, quote, "whoop-de-damn-do."

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