The Real Anita Hill

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The Real Anita Hill
The Real Anita Hill book cover.png
Author David Brock
Country United States
Language English
Subject Anita Hill
Genre Character assassination
Publisher Free Press
Publication date
ISBN 978-0029046562
Followed by The Seduction of Hillary Rodham

The Real Anita Hill is a controversial 1993 book written by David Brock in which the author claimed to reveal the "true motives" of Anita Hill, who had accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 confirmation hearings.


In March 1992, Brock had authored a sharply critical story about Hill in The American Spectator magazine which became the nucleus of the book, The Real Anita Hill.[1] It was positively reviewed by several people, including George Will in Newsweek, Jonathan Groner, then-associate editor of Legal Times, in The Washington Post ("a serious work of investigative journalism"), and by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt of The New York Times ("carefully reasoned and powerful in its logic"). Excerpts were also printed in the Wall Street Journal. It was negatively reviewed by Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson in The New Yorker, Anna Quindlen in the New York Times, Dierdre English in The Nation, and Anthony Lewis in the New York Times, as well as Molly Ivins, and Ellen Goodman.[2]


Brock now describes the book as a "character assassination" and has since "disavowed its premise".[3] He has also apologized to Hill. In his subsequent book, Blinded by the Right, Brock characterized himself as having been "a witting cog in the Republican sleaze machine."[4]


  1. ^ "David Brock Interview". NPR. July 2, 2001. 
  2. ^ See Blinded by the Right, pages 125-127
  3. ^ Kuczynski, Alex (June 27, 2001). "Book Author Says He Lied in His Attacks on Anita Hill in Bid to Aid Justice Thomas". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2010. Mr. Brock wrote that in an effort to protect the conservative political agenda, he "consciously lied" in the review of Strange Justice in The American Spectator. In the review, Mr. Brock wrote that there was no evidence that Justice Thomas had "ever rented one pornographic video, let alone was a habitual consumer of pornography." In the excerpt, Mr. Brock writes: "When I wrote those words I knew they were false. It was the first and last time that I consciously put a lie in print." 
  4. ^ "Anita Hill's Detractor Apologizes for Trashing Her". ABC News. June 27, 2001. 

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