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My Own Words

Written by: Ruth Bader Ginsburg,Mary Hartnett,Wendy W. Williams
Narrated by: Linda Lavin
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The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993 - a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture.

My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book contains a sampling selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America's most influential women.

This audiobook features archival original recordings of Justice Ginsburg’s speeches and bench announcements.

©2016 Ruth Bader Ginsberg (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Understanidng RBG's role

I enjoyed this book, listening in bits and pieces so as to take a good amount of time to reflect. RBG was powerful in advocating for equal rights for ALL American citizens through the law. I very much appreciated that there were instances where the law needed to be changed and so she, and others, sent the issue to congress for a change. What I found encouraging is the the Supreme Court cannot change the laws - their obligation is to send recommendations to the government for change.

I did find that there were a number of cases that were repeated in different settings through the book. Somewhat off-putting but also OK to hear them presented in different contexts.

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Should make for an interesting discussion at book

I thought going with an audio format for a book that included speeches would be a great way to ingest this volume. Instead I feel like I got 13+ hours of dry lecture time.
Some of the speeches were great (RBG's husband was a funny funny man), but for the most part it felt like I was being read a textbook.
I think this would have been better with a physical book and ingested in smaller portions between other lighter books.
I enjoyed learning about all the amazing dents & strides RBG made in law for us ladies (and gents too), but didn't enjoy the format.

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In awe of RBG

This is a timeless piece on a grande dame. A lot to learn from this book.

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Grateful

I am so grateful to learn so much about a woman, who, ahead of her time, worked so hard and sacrificed her time and energy, so that women everywhere could advance in society.

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Very accomplished woman.

Enjoyed this book very much. She was a pleasure to listen to. Will be delighted to listen to it again.

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The voices

Linda Lavin was the perfect voice to narrate Ruth's story. I especially loved how when Ruth spoke you could feel her smile as though you were there in the room with her.

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RBG!

RBG in my own words, gives an in depth look at who RBG really was and what judges should strive for in their appointment to the US supreme court. Never allowing favour to enter into it, RBG judged only by the facts of the law and how it is or can be interpreted. A great book for any up and coming female lawyer. Any young man would also learn from the wonderful RBG1

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excellent book

this is a really great book. what a wonderful insight into such a brilliant and talented woman of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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A Beautiful Collection

Not a biography if that's what you're looking for. It is a beautifully presented body of her life's work, statements, and views. Even having little knowledge of American law, I really enjoyed learning how she looked at the laws and life. Her dissents and bench announcements were far more intelligent than I realized. Definitely one I'll listen to again.

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