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Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World Hardcover – September 1, 2015

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“Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of the first and second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is a gossipy, funny, sometimes infuriating and moving tale of two women so similar and yet so different.” (NPR)

“Vital...Part of what makes Hirshman such a likable writer — in addition to her wit and ability to explain the law succinctly without dumbing it down — is her optimism.” (Washington Post)

“Fast-paced and sure-footed...persuasive...Hirshman’s ability to write clearly about the law without oversimplifying enables her to explain how O’Connor played defense and Ginsburg offense.” (Huffington Post)

“A lovely, thoughtful, and fascinating chronicle of [O’Connor and Ginzburg’s] careers and lives that doubles as a concise history of the fight for equality for women.” (SCOTUS blog)

“Carefully researched and enjoyably written” (Wall Street Journal)

For anyone interested in the court, women’s history or both, the story of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, their separate routes to the Supreme Court and what they accomplished during the more than 12 years they spent together is irresistible. (Linda Greenhouse, New York Times Book Review)

“Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is fascinating and informative but is also joyful -- a stirring reminder of how these two pioneers for women’s rights have advanced the cause in their singular but complementary ways.” (Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath and The Nine)

“A tale of two unfaltering women with steel-trap minds, their unlikely rapport, and the legal landscape they battle to reshape. Smart, startling, and profoundly moving.” (Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life)

“Linda Hirshman has written a thorough, accurate, and most readable account of the careers of the two first women to serve as Justices of the Supreme Court. Laymen as well as lawyers will learn a great deal, not only about these two special people, but about today’s Court as well.” (Justice John Paul Stevens)

“A riveting page-turner that will make you laugh, cry, and seethe with frustration at how long and hard the road to women’s equality has been. Above all, it will inspire and delight. A prodigious achievement and an important contribution to the history of our times.” (Leslie Bennetts, author of The Feminine Mistake)

“This sharply-drawn double portrait of the first and second women on the U.S. Supreme Court and the way their lives and legal philosophies complement and contrast with each other is riveting. Linda Hirshman has the unique ability to think like a law professor and write like a journalist.” (Lynn Hecht Schafran, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum)

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NPR Best Book of 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

The author of the celebrated Victory tells the fascinating story of the intertwined lives of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first and second women to serve as Supreme Court justices.

The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.

Linda Hirshman’s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. She also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, including employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women’s lives.

Sisters-in-Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes that bring these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062238469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062238467
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ronald H. Clark VINE VOICE on October 8, 2015
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This book turned out to offer much greater rewards than I had anticipated. I had thought it was largely a dual biography of Justices O'Connor and Ginsburg. And to be sure, there is a good solid amount of biographical analysis present here. But there is so much more as well. Primarily, the book is also a comprehensive history of the legal fights to achieve women's equality. The author, a law school grad with a Ph.D. as well, is quite well versed in this material. So be advised to expect a good deal of detailed legal analysis that goes along with the biographical material.

Much of the early portion of this nearly 400 page book is devoted to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her pioneering and lonely fight to attack legal discrimination against women beginning around 1970. Ginsburg, who directed the ACLU's Women's Rights Project (initially while teaching at Rutgers Law School; later a Columbia) chose to follow a "careful incremental strategy." Cases were carefully selected in order to develop a doctrinal bridge to the final goal. This is just one of the ways in which Ginsburg resembled Thurgood Marshall's strategy in the civil rights cases. Her ultimate goal was to get the Supreme Court to equate sex discrimination with race discrimination and apply the corresponding strict legal tests when evaluating claims of sexual discrimination. The author discusses the early major cases, including Reed v. Reed, Frontiero v. Richardson, and Kahn v. Shevlin. Interestingly enough, Ginsburg was not happy with the Roe v. Wade decision's reasoning, since she much preferred that it be based on a strict equality argument rather than the new right to privacy.

While perhaps an overstatement, to me Ginsburg seems to be the heroine of the book while O'Connor stands somewhat in her shadow.
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As a law school graduate in the mid 1970s and still practicing law; I could personally relate to all the discrimination and closed doors that both Justices faced early in their careers. I thought that Ms. Hirshman did a fabulous job in explaining the essence of various Supreme Court decisions without bogging down in legalese and over-complexity. Her book is very readable and fascinating - I read it cover to cover over the Labor Day weekend. I would have given the book a five star rating but I thought the author was biased and portrayed Justice Ginsburg as a saint and then took some snide shots at Justice O'Connor. The author spent a lot of time psycho-analyzing the western, WASP culture that Sandra Day O'Connor came from and yet never discussed in detail the Brooklyn/ ACLU Jewish culture/leadership that presumably shaped Justice Ginsburg. I think this was a failing in the book. However, I enjoyed it immensely overall.
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How much could Supreme Court justices who came from different halves of the country and who were nominated by presidents of different parties really have in common? Actually a surprising amount, if they are the first two women on the Court: Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Hirshman’s joint biography of the two women, Sisters In Law, may look imposing, but it is an extremely compelling look at the lives of the two women and the ways in which their vastly different upbringings brought them to such an elite club. Hirshman is clearly extremely knowledgeable about legalities, political realities, and the day-to-day lives of both women. She presents them in such a rich and engaging manner that the pages will fly by as readers begin to understand the huge extent to which both women have shaped the lives of today’s American women.—Jen Karsbaek, Readerly
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Was excited about this book and ordered it in advance only to be mostly disappointed. The topic was well researched and I love the premise of telling the stories of both Justices but the historic importance of equality and the story itself is overshadowed by the author's apparent bias towards Justice Ginsburg. While Justice Ginsburg is a favorite of mine as well, the book's critiques of Justice O'Connor's jurisprudence as well as cheap shots at other justices and lawyers are unnecessary to telling the story. Would have rather the writing been a more objective account of the historic and important contributions of both women which necessarily should include the author's analysis of the importance and impact of the people and events that have shaped the law of women's equality in this country. That is not what this book does. For me, the book was unfairly heavy-handed in its treatment of Justice O'Connor.
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I reside in Phoenix, AZ, just received my Kindle edition of this epic publication - AND, listened to the Nina Totenberg interview with Linda Hirshman on NPR this morning! I had chills and tears in my eyes simultaneously...and I'm not one to well up easily...and, did I mention I live in Phoenix!? This is a monumental historical piece. One mandatory read for every home in America!!
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One of the most engaging non-fiction books of the year, Sisters in Law, nominally a comparison of the two first WOTSC, takes a sweeping and provocative look at the changing culture vis a vis women as reflected through the legal system. Over the last fifty years, our society has moved -- not always steadily -- from a position of "protecting" women to a legal system that increasingly endorses equal treatment of all. Hirshman briskly escorts the reader through dozens of cases, beginning with those that Ginsburg tackled during her early years as an advocate for women's rights and ACLU volunteer, culminating with Hobby Lobby. Some of the most seminal and best-known cases, especially Roe v Wade, repeatedly surface; there is an undercurrent of concern that women's reproductive rights will be curtailed, which may surprise those readers who thought that women's right to choose had been assured for the last 40+ years.

Looking back from our vantage point of 2015, most women can be grateful that we live and work in a world that doesn't try to protect us from serving on juries, managing the estates of deceased relatives, or competing in schools or jobs once considered too tough for women. Does women's progress reflect the Supreme Court's rulings, or has the nature of the rulings adapted to the changing mores of the general public? Hirshman does not address this question directly, but after reading the book, I see both as contributing factors.

This is not truly a biography of either justice, though Hirshman describes the formative years of both.
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