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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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Carmon and Knizhnik write powerfully about the progression of Ginsburg’s legal career. In particular, they make vivid the development of her trademark arguments ... In her fierce honesty, resolute realness, and, yes, innate sense of style (those collars!), Ginsburg emerges as a cultural icon worthy of her own fanbase (Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe)
“What a wonderful book: The annotated dissents! The knockout photos! Why she likes to write through the night! The litany of big cases she won as a lawyer, and how she picked them! How she made Bill Clinton cry! Notorious RBG is a laugh-out-loud joy to read.” (Rachel Maddow)
“A deeply original mashup of pop culture and serious scholarship. I plan to give a copy to both of my daughters.” (Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Devil in the Grove)
“This breezy, fun and thoughtful take on the life of the Justice explains exactly why a new generation created and embraced the Cult of Ginsburg.” (Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath and The Nine)
“This rigorously reported book shines a new light on the groundbreaking cases Ginsburg litigated challenging gender stereotypes.” (Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU)
“If you admired RBG before, Carmon and Knizhnik will make you fall in love with her, not only as a feminist hero but a human being.” (Vogue)
“Clark Kent had Superman. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has Notorious R.B.G…. Carmon and Knizhnik have turned R.B.G’s robe into a cape.” (New York Times Book Review)
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“The authors make this unassuming, most studious woman come pulsing to life. . . . Notorious RBG may be a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously. . . . That I responded so personally to it is a testimony to [its] storytelling and panache.”— Jennifer Senior, New York Times
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.
But nearly a half-century into her career, something funny happened to the octogenarian: she won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg first made her name as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.
Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg's family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.
Top Customer Reviews
I was touched by many things in this book, not only the courage of Justice Ginsburg's opinions, or the loving handwritten note from her dying husband, but even by the photos illustrating her close friendship with Justice Scalia, one of her ideological opposites - it's rare to see such a mensh in these times. The format is terrifically creative for this sort of subject: the NY Times reviewer aptly described it as being "as if a scrapbook and the Talmud decided to have a baby." The latter comes in especially for the way the book's margins are used for commenting on everything -- not just for the obvious connections to a Justice who is Jewish. (Apropos of that, though, one thing did puzzle me: the recipe for pork in milk at the back. Breaking two of the Jewish religion's food taboos at once -- isn't that a little gangsta? Was that the idea, or is the whole thing a joke? And actually, one other thing: the publisher's subject classification on the back cover is "Fiction." Aside from the recipe, I hope not.)
I now live in Japan and teach comparative constitutional law there. Pretty much no one, including most law professors, can name the justices of the Japan Supreme Court, who are chosen for their anonymity, their conformity to a certain social background, and their timidity of thought. And throughout its nearly 70-year existence, the JSC has always upheld laws and regulations that limit civil rights.Read more ›
Justice Ginsburg is proof you don't have to be tall to be a giant. When we look back I believe her appointment
to the Court by Bill Clinton will be seen as one of his greatest accomplishments.
If you want to find out what the Court is up to in any given decision, read Justice Ginsburg.
Don't be fooled by the calm quiet demeanor. She is a ferocious advocate for the best that is in us as a people
and a country.
I could not put this book down. The authors should be very proud of this fabulous book.
If you go to "righteous" in the dictionary , you will find Justice Ginsburg's picture.
Give this book to your sons and daughters this holiday season. You will be glad you did.
If I could give more than five stars I would. Ten would not be enough.
A fascinating read which includes her educational background as well as her early work with the ACLU. Some of her Women's Rights Projects are detailed and one that caught my attention was the AF Nurse case in 1970. CAPT Strich was pregnant and refused to quit or get an abortion. Pregnant women were also given a general discharge instead of an honorable one. The book also delves into her time on the Supreme Court and covers that portion in depth including the influence of social media.
Many things struck me when reading this book. She referred to her marriage to Marty as her 'life partner'. It was an incredibly rich marriage for all of the right reasons and the note he left for her on June 17, 2010 was powerful and poignant. The second item that really caught my attention was the manner in which she values the work of her secretaries. Any of her clerks must value them as she does or they will answer to her. This is a true 'people person'. The tradition that occurs in the robing room and the look around her chambers are treasured glimpses into both areas.
At some point in the future, I will make RBG's favorite Marty Ginsburg's Recipe for pork loin braised in milk. Sounds delicious to me.
'Notorious RBG' illustrates that a little chutzpah goes a long way. An entertaining and educational read which gave me more information on the inner workings of our Supreme Court..
Most highly recommended.
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The basic story of RBG and the many anecdotes are interesting, but the writing is hasty and lacking style. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Wendy
This was a great read. It was over too soon--reading it digitally, I didn't realize that 30% of the book is all the end notes so suddenly it was over. Fascinating information. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by F. B. Craig
Perfect. I read it at the library and ordered it as a gift that dayPublished 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating story of this wonderful jurist. She shows why women need to be concerned about this next election and to stand up for their rights. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mad Momma
I loved getting the information about RBG, but I found the writing style confusing.Published 1 day ago by Lois L Patrick
I really enjoyed this book. It is a well written adventure into the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. What an amazing woman! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mark A. Haynes