Submission Synopsis

With Justice for All:
Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court

While other U.S. Justices talked about justice in a divided America,
Thurgood Marshall did something about it

by D. J. Herda

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Book Length:
85,000 Words


Author's Representative:

Faye M. Swetky
The Swetky Agency



Other Books in Series:
Mister Chief Justice: Earl Warren and the Reticence of America


The Book in One Sentence:

Long before Rev. Martin Luther King came along, equality's real champion came out fighting for the underdog.



From a housing-development childhood through college and law school, one man stands out as America's first great champion for civil rights.  Barely making ends meet for he and his family, Thurgood Marshall took a cut in pay in order to go to work for the NAACP.  While there, he was determined to prove a point--that blacks in America were being discriminated against ... and that that discrimination had to end.  Soon!


"With Justice for All: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court is a touching, moving, feel-good story about a remarkable man told by an equally remarkable author.  Herda captures Marshall's true essence perhaps better than anyone before.  This is going to make a prize-winning novel and a monumental film.  This one has Spike Lee's name all over it." - Don Bacue, International Features Syndicate




To Come

Author's Bio:

Novels and Single Titles (32)

Afghani Skies ("Rings" Series - Unpublished, Film Rights Optioned)
Mistress of the East ("Rings" Series - In Progress)
Underground Opera ("Rings" Series - In Progress)
Dial M (Mystery Novel - Pink Flamingo Press)
Bound for Carlotta
("Carlotta" Series - Unpublished)
Carlotta’s Return
("Carlotta" Series - In Progress)
Solid Stiehl
("Hymie Stiehl" Series - Unpublished)
Stiehl Stalkings ("Hymie Stiehl" Series - In Progress)

Murder in the Court ("Hymie Stiehl" Series - In Progress)
The Winds of Kabul (Novel - Playboy Press)
Two Mules for McCandless (Detective Novel - In Progress)
California Dreamin’ (Literary Novel - In Progress)
The Other Road to Love (Non-Fiction - In Progress)
Chi-Town Blues (Short Story Collection - Unpublished)
Mister Chief Justice: Earl Warren ("Justices" Series - Nonfiction - In Progress)
And Justice for All: Thurgood Marshall ("Justices" Series - Nonfiction - In Progress)
The Afghan Rebels (Franklin Watts-Grolier)
The Cancer (Franklin Watts-Grolier)
Famous Outlaws of the Old West (Millbrook Press)
Land Use (Franklin Watts)
Energy Use (Franklin Watts)
Vegetables in a Pot (Simon & Schuster)
The Bicycle Book (Consumer Guide Press)
Dirt Bike Racing (Simon & Schuster)
The First Book of Roller Skating (Franklin Watts)
The Complete Book of Roller Skating (Consumer Guide Press)
The 1980 Photo Buying Guide (Consumer Guide Press)
The 1979 Photo Buying Guide (Consumer Guide Press)
Growing Trees Indoors (Nelson Hall)
Carpentry for Kids (Franklin Watts)
Native Plant Terrariums (Simon & Schuster)
Evonne Goolagong Free Spirit (Raintree)

Published Books in Series (47)

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Series (Enslow Publishers)
Roe v. Wade
v. Georgia
Dred Scott
v. Sanford
New York Times
v. United States
United States
v. Nixon
Regents of University of California
v. Bakke
v. Maryland
v. Madison
v. United States
v. Hardwick
v. Ferguson

Famous Supreme Court Justices Series (Enslow Publishers)
Thurgood Marshall
Earl Warren
Sandra Day O'Connor

Historical America Series (Millbrook Press)
6 Separate Regional Books in Series (NE, SE, NC, SC, NW, SW)

Ethnic America Series (Millbrook Press)
6 Separate Regional Books in Series (NE, SE, NC, SC, NW, SW)

Environmental America Series (Millbrook Press)
6 Separate Regional Books in Series (NE, SE, NC, SC, NW, SW)

Photography Series (Raintree Publishers)
Take a Look
Picture Perfect
Close Up
Through the Lens

Model Series (Franklin Watts)
Model Railroads
Model Cars
Model Boats

Holiday Series (Franklin Watts)

Microcomputer Series (Franklin Watts)
Microcomputer Peripherals
Microcomputer Maintenance

Satellite Series (Franklin Watts)
Operation Rescue--Rescue Satellites in Action
Communication Satellites
Research Satellites

Published Magazine Articles and Short Stories (400-Plus)

Published in Parade, True, Ski, Consumer Guide, Conde Nast, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Northshore, Chicago/FM Guide, Detroit Monthly, Miami Southwest Florida, Milwaukee Magazine, Denver Magazine, San Antonio Monthly, Mpls/St. Paul, Twin Cities Magazine, San Diego Magazine, Rockford Magazine, Utah Holiday, Holiday/Travel Magazine, Catholic Digest, The Elks Magazine, VFW Magazine, The Lions Magazine, Computers and Electronics, Outside, Success Unlimited, Cross Country Skier, Organic Gardening, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Writer's Annual, etc.

Published Newspaper Articles and Short Stories (4,000-Plus)

Published in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Oakland Tribune, The San Diego Union, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Milwaukee Journal, The Milwaukee Sentinel, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, The Miami Herald, The Dallas Times-Herald, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Star, The Toledo Blade, The  Houston Post, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Arizona Daily Star, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Orlando Sentinel, San Antonio News-Express, etc.

Published Newspaper Columns (260,000-Plus)

Former author of several nationally and internationally syndicated columns, including "In Focus," "Photographically Speaking," "Skiing Today," "Traveling Today," "Travelers' Cove," and "Traveling Photographer," appearing in as many as 1,100 newspapers and reaching more than 20 million readers weekly.


Former writer, director, producer of nationally syndicated weekly television spot, Skiing Today.


Writer, director, producer of two consumer videotapes on photography.


Exhibits in the Russell Rotunda, Dirksen Senate Building, U. S. Capitol Bldg., Washington, D.C.; Nikon Galleries, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY; Graff Fine Arts Center, St. George, Utah; and in galleries and collections throughout the U.S.   More than 50,000 photos published in most major magazines and newspapers.

Book Production

Designer, producer, and co-publisher of the award-winning 18-book children's series, "The American Scene," examining key issues affecting Americans and their country.


Reporter, The Southtown Economist, Chicago; Articles Editor, The Elks Magazine, Chicago, producing an award-winning monthly publication for the B.P.O.E.; Managing Editor, The Madison News, Madison, Wisconsin; Book Editor, The Raintree Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Wrote and directed The Trouble with Pirates, Chicago, 1969; wrote for production The English Carpheads, Muse Theatre in the Flats, Cleveland, 1972.

Art Pieces

Award-winning creator of paintings, sculptures, pottery, and miscellaneous art pieces in galleries, shops, and private collections throughout the country.   Represented worldwide by Galleria Eros Artists Lounge.

Web Sites

Former Editor-in-Chief and exclusive provider of travel content for several high-end web sites, including Traveler’s Cove, Galleria Eros Writer's Lounge, and Galleria Eros Artist's Lounge, with combined visitor hits of more than 20,000 monthly.


Former ghost writer for Ronnie Schell, Lawrence Welk, and Art Linkletter, etc.  Former ghost writer/photographer for Sammy Davis Jr.  Scriptwriter for educational and consumer cable television, in-flight airline, etc.

Anticipated Market for this Book:
Very high, considering that black America is going through a period of crisis with its political-religious leaders.  Thurgood Marshall is someone everyone in America can be proud of ... and someone anyone would do well to emulate.  This is a blockbuster book ready to explode.

List Any Pre-Publication Sales:
The Swetky Agency and Associates will purchase 2,500 copies for distribution and promotion.  The author will purchase 500 copies.

Explain How Author Will Help Market This Book:
I have a public relations agency under contract to represent me, and I would want them to work in conjunction with the publisher's marketing department on various promotional/marketing plans. I am an excellent on-screen talent and very good at interviews, as well as proficient at book signings, etc. Associations: I am President of the American Society of Authors and Writers (, a member of the Author's Guild, etc., and a former member of the National Press Club and ASJA and can get excellent coverage via them. Newspapers: I have associations with several hundred of the largest daily newspaper editors in North America, as well as numerous additional writers/readers/reviewers groups with which I'm associated. Magazines & Trade Publications: I work with editors of over 400 entertainment magazines and trade publications, such as American Cinematographer, Daily Variety, TV Guide, Time Out New York, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Soap Opera Digest, The New Yorker, Movie Line, Media Week, Editor & Publisher, Boston Book Review, and Writer's Digest. Radio: I have connections at more than 650 radio stations and programs, including ABC Radio Network, USA Radio Network, Spotlight on the Arts, Inside the Movies, Heart of Hollywood, E! Entertainment Radio, and Book Talk. Television: I periodically consult with more than 350 television networks, stations and programs, including NBC Television Network, Access Hollywood, CNN showbiz Today, E! News Daily, Entertainment Tonight, and Fox on Entertainment. News Wires, Syndicates & Databases: I have access to direct delivery to newswires and syndicates such as AP, Reuters, UPI, BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL service, Dow Jones, New York Times Syndicate; and research databases, including Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, Dialog, Hoover's, Standard & Poor's, and Edgar Online.

Prominent Persons Who Will Endorse This Book:
Earl Warren Jr., Sandra Day O'Connor, and others

Describe How This Book Lends Itself to Movie Sales: 
The life of Thurgood Marshall is ripe for exposure.  More enigmatic than Martin Luther King Jr. and far more effective in his work, his biography reads like a Hollywood rags-to-riches tale, and the cases Marshall argued long before being named to the highest court in the land are the stuff that dreams are made of.  This is a story made for Denzel Washington or in the leading role.

Author's Qualifications for Writing This Book:
The author has written extensively about Thurgood Marshall in the past, along with justices Earl Warren and Sandra Day O'Connor.  His library series of books on famous Supreme Court cases is legendary--from Dred Scott to Roe v. Wade.  He is better suited to tell the story of Thurgood Marshall's life than any other living author.


NOTE: All material is copyright protected.  No portion of this material may be copied or reproduced, either electronically,  mechanically, or by any other means, for resale or distribution without the written consent of the author.  All copy has been dated and registered with the American Society of Authors and Writers.  Copyright 2003 by The Swetky Agency