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My Own Words
- By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams
- Narrated by: Linda Lavin
- Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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 more.
- By CMP on 07-27-18
As others have mentioned it is nice to hear actual speeches by RBG, unfortunately she isn't a particularly engaging orator. Linda Lavin's performance is very good.
I was disappointed that a decent amount of the book was dedicated to legal history of the Supreme Court and key Justices, as well as a variety of landmark legal cases (although not a large variety, it gets repetitive). Descriptions of these legal cases contain far more details than any discussion of RBG's life. I don't feel that I learned anything about RBG from this book that isn't in her wikipedia article.
I have no doubt those interested in legal history, with RBG's life used as a loose framing mechanism, would enjoy this book.
(FWIW I did not find it to be self congratulatory at all as some other commenters have mentioned. Any accomplishments [of which she has had many] were included very matter-of-factly.)
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