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My Own Words

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Narrated By: Linda Lavin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2016

Duration: 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 is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on 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.


  • 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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  • 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Maria Guadalupe cardenas

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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