Review: My Own Words

My Own Words
by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Own Words is a collection of essays, speeches and bench statements from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Though not a biography, the book does give you a strong sense of who Justice Ginsburg was, and what she stood for.

The book is divided into five parts, moving from her early years, to tributes she wrote to others, her commitment to gender equality, her nomination to the US Supreme Court, and some speeches and opinions from her time on the Court.

I listened to the audiobook on this one, and if you can get a hold of the audiobook I really recommend it. It's unique in that many of the speeches or statements were recorded, and it's those recordings of RBG that you hear in the audiobook, along with brief introductions by her co-authors Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams (and read by Linda Lavin). It's an effective way to present the material.

One of my favorites is a speech not by the Justice, but by her husband Martin Ginsburg - it's hilarious. Who knew a tax attorney could have such a good sense of humor?

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