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My Own Words

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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 offers 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’s sampling is 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 29, 2016 – This collection of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg's writings, spanning 70 years, is an excellent introduction to this Renaissance woman and will whet readers' appetites for her forthcoming biography by coauthors Hartnett and Williams. No one will be surprised that it contains cogent, well-reasoned, and accessible entries on subjects of general interest, such as equal rights for women and judicial independence. Even those who have followed the octogenarian jurist over her long and distinguished tenure on the Supreme Court will find plenty of less expected items to relish, including an editorial Ginsburg wrote as an eighth grader in 1946 for her Brooklyn elementary school newspaper on the importance of the new U.N. Charter. Her passion for operas is expressed in remarks she made on the radio in 2015, analyzing how law and lawyers have been portrayed in them. At a time of bitter political partisanship, her respect and affection for colleagues with different views, as displayed in posthumous tributes to fellow justices Rehnquist and Scalia, are very welcome. The variety of subjects is impressive, and Ginsburg's gift for concision enables her to discuss them in enough detail to engage interest while leaving the reader wanting more.

Customer Reviews

Unfinished Business

Justice Ginsburg is worthy of all credit bestowed upon her for the recent progress of women’s issues, and I thank her profoundly on behalf of women around the world. However, we are far from the finish line. When I woke up on November 9th, 2016, and I realized that the Electoral College system robbed us of our first woman president. I say robbed because, the Honorable Hillary Clinton received three million more votes than the president elect. I was livid that the United States would dismiss three million of its own people’s voices. What ever happened to we are all created equal? I am sure I am not alone on this, but I think it is time we take a good hard look at the way we elect our leaders. We are not half of a country, so why are we only listening to half of our people? To be sure that we are listening to all of our people, we should abolish the Electoral College and simplify the whole process; one person, one vote. Then, we would never have to doubt the results of our elections, and we the People would be speaking with a unified voice.


Despicable little Witch! I wish there was an option for NO STARS! She doesn't even rate the one. Just disgraceful!

My Own Words
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 04, 2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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