My Own Words

  • by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams
  • Narrated by Linda Lavin
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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A Supreme Court Justice and the Laws around Her

II expected the book would be more about the personal life of a woman and legal scholar who I admire so much. Instead, I learned a LOT more about the laws and Supreme Court decisions that have importantly shaped a growing democracy.
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- Pat Donohue


I heard an interview with Justice Ginsburg about her new book. Justice Ginsburg stated it was a collection of her writings and speeches since she was in the eighth grade. I have read a great deal by and about Justice Ginsburg over the years so was familiar with most of the material presented. Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams of the Georgetown Law Center are writing Ginsburg’s official biography which will not be released until after she leaves the Court. They wrote the opening introduction and an introduction to each chapter which including some of the materials they acquired from interviews while preparing the biography. This provides a bit more informative insights to the book.

Ginsburg discussed her relationship with Sandra Day O’Connor. She says O’Connor told her to “waste no time on anger, regret or resentment, just get the job done”. She says that Antonin Scalia told her to “learn to attack ideas, not people.” In reviewing her papers Ginsburg was an appellate attorney who specialized in gender equality and was a law professor.

She also talks about being Jewish and her enjoyment of the opera. She discusses, of course, gender equality and various topics all the way to how the Supreme Court works. She says she was happy she has lived long enough to see that half the students today in law school are women and 1/3 of the Federal Judges are women. As a history buff, I found it most interesting that she devoted considerable time discussing the history of the women pioneers in law as well as the wives of some of the Supreme Court Justices. This is a worthwhile read. This book works great in audio format as we can listen to Justice Ginsburg give her speeches.

Linda Lavin does a good job narrating the book. Lavin is an award winning Broadway singer/actress and audiobook narrator.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio