My Own Words

Written by:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Narrated by:
Linda Lavin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2016
13 hours 17 minutes
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.
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Elliotte F

As 24 year old hard core Christian right wing conservative, I detested everything Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for when she was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. I remember vividly scorching her over several of her dissents over the years. I'm 49 now. I am the father of five daughters. I am the proud Papa to five grandchildren. Ah! Life Lessons. Although laborious at times, I loved this book! I still disagree with many of her Liberal tenets. However her quality of reasoning is beyond reproach. I have come to admire this very skilled and gifted Lawyer, Law Professor, Judge, and Justice. This book is very insightful. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Rule of Law and the inner workings of the US Supreme Court. This book should be required reading for all 1L students. ON HOW SHE’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED: "Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. ‘Cause I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid." — From an interview with MSNBC BRAVO Justice Ginsburg. You are an American Patriot. #RBG

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William C.

A truly fascinating look at the life of the author, the rationale behind her Supreme Court decisions as well as the history and workings of the Court.

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Maria Guadalupe cardenas

Considering all that has happened this week with the elections, listening to Justice Ginsburg has been soothing and energizing.

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An absolutely inspiring woman. A real fascinating look at how history has evolved and looks deeply into every decision she made within her career.

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Paulette T.

Narrator did a great job...sounds very much like RBG herself! It is a wonderful history lesson as well as an inspiration to hear her story and selections from some of her most memorable cases.

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Jim B.

The content is interesting, and relevant to today’s society, but having Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her speeches… might not have been the right idea. Reading a book aloud is a skill not everyone possesses.

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Wonderful book.

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Albert Johnson

This book was a good one being of an opposite political view i never gave RBG's views or accomplishments the recognition i should have while she was alive. This book starts great but towards the end seems to move strictly into case law review which kind of let the wind out of the momentum built thorough the rest of the book.

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K O.

Her story is so inspirational. Her early relationships shaped her personality and intellectual curiosity. Her description of growing up Jewish was eye opening. I loved her perception of life and the unwavering devotion to her husband.

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Deanna H.

Our senior book club enjoyed the first part of the book that gave the reader a good feel for RBG‘s personality, personal life, etc. , but as it got into more detail, the ends and outs of all the law talk was a bit overwhelming for most of us. I’m not sure that anyone read the book in it’s entirety. However, we were all glad that we gave it a chance, but felt that it was written for more of a law background audience.

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