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Notorious RBG Young Readers' Edition: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Автором Irin Carmon и Shana Knizhnik

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Notorious RBG Young Readers' Edition: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Автором Irin Carmon и Shana Knizhnik

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4.5/5 (37 оценки)
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Nov 28, 2017
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"A tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that does more than catalog her achievements; it conveys her spirit, one that will leave readers in awe."*

This New York Times bestselling version of the acclaimed biography Notorious RBG is an excellent way to share with middle grade readers just why Justice Ginsburg was such a powerful role model. This entertaining and insightful full-color 200-page young readers’ edition mixes pop culture, humor, and expert analysis for a remarkable account of the indomitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Heroine. Trailblazer. Pioneer.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an icon to millions. Her tireless fight for equality and women’s rights inspired not only great strides in the workforce but impacted the law of the land. This accessible biography of this fierce woman, detailing her searing dissents and powerful jurisprudence, is a keeper. As School Library Journal* noted, "This version shares the same knockout formatting as the adult edition: a plethora of photographs and images leaving nary a page unadorned."

Hand your middle grade reader this powerful and highly readable biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Includes a timeline, glossary, source list, index, and even a section that puts legal terms in plain English. 

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Irin Carmon is a journalist covering gender, politics, and law. She’s a contributing writer for the Washington Post’s Outlook section and a distinguished fellow at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard. She has been a national reporter at MSNBC, Salon, and Jezebel.



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  • (3/5)
    Biography lite, concentrating on RBG's fight for equal rights for women and including men, her belief that real lasting change is incremental, and finishing before 2016 and the current (April, 2020) disasters.
  • (5/5)
    Digital audiobook read by Andi ArndtOh, my stars, but this is one HELL of a woman! Go Ruth! I've admired her for some years, but I really enjoyed learning more about her. I thought the authors did a great job of making this a very approachable biography. It was not heavy, but included every pertinent detail. I loved that they brought out RBG's humor and empathy, as well as her defiance and strong sense of justice. There are other more comprehensive (I presume) and/or traditional biographies of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. But I doubt there is one that is more enjoyable to read. I want to read her autobiographical My Own Words now.I did read the original version of the biography, but there is a version that has been adapted for the young-adult audience. I think that’s marvelous. The more young people who are introduced to this champion of equality and justice, the better.There is no Truth without Ruth!I listened to the audio and thought Andi Arndt did a marvelous job of reading this book. However, the text (which I also had a copy of), is easier to grasp in places, just because of the format used. For example, notations in the margins of a published paper are easier to comprehend as such when seen on the page than when a narrator, however skilled, is reading them to you. And, of course, listening to the audio you miss all the photos and illustrations in the printed book.
  • (5/5)
    Notorious RBG is a fan biography of the legendary Supreme Court Justice. Written in lively, loving prose, the book includes excerpts from her major cases, both those she presented to the court and those she has written as part of a course. A bit gossipy at times, we get glimpses into her personal life that bely her reputation as a no nonsense professional who lacks a sense of humor. And we cry with her as her great love, Marty, dies early, a champion of his forward thinking, feminist wife. She is a role model for so many women, including me.
  • (4/5)
    A well-designed book that traces the life of rbg, from her childhood as Kiki Bader to the leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court. The book documents much of her early work on equality cases, traces her own challenges due to sexism and expectation of women's roles, delves into her 50+ year partnership with Marty Ginsburg, and touches on the cultural phenomenon that #notorious rgb has become. There are annotations of some of the decisions she has written for the Supreme Court and insight into the inner workings of the court. I learned a lot while reading the book.
  • (3/5)
    Great overview biography.
  • (5/5)
    The estate of Notorious B.I.G. gave permission to use chapter titles inspired by his lyrics. That’s pretty fantastic. More fantastic? This book. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an impressive woman who I wish I knew more about when I was younger. She is tougher than I am, that’s for sure, and she’s spent her life quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) breaking down barriers. She writes opinions that recognize the humanity of our fellow citizens, and pens deliberate dissents that point out when the majority on the court get it so very, very wrong.

    The book is made a bit in the style of the Jon Stewart book from years ago; it’s in hardcover, it has a lot of great pictures, and its chapters are short enough that you can digest them in pieces, or enjoy them all in one long sitting. Included are excerpts from her rulings and dissents, annotated (my favorite one was simply “burn”) with the assistance of legal scholars.

    Ms. Carmon and Ms. Knizhnik were able to speak to Justice Ginsburg for this book, so it provides what I think is a real feel for who the Justice is not just as a member of the Supreme Court, but as a woman in this world. It isn’t as dense as a traditional biography, but that’s not its purpose. It has a very clear point of view, and it is one that I really appreciated reading. My husband is reading it next (he actually bought it, for the feminist book club we’re participating in this month), and I hope to either pass this copy along to others or, more likely, purchase it and gift it to my friends in the coming years.
  • (4/5)
    This book is a combination of love letter, career overview scrapbook and biography. I'ts a great introduction to RBG for someone who didn't know much about her.--like me. She broke through gender barrier--fought against gender stereotypes with every forward movement of her career. It's an easy read, well researched.
  • (4/5)
    What's not to love about RGB? This woman is a national treasure. This book was a relatively quick yet enlightening read. I would have enjoyed more anecdotes and fewer quotes from her SCOTUS dissenting opinions, though. Long live RGB!
  • (5/5)
    I am a male attorney who had never given much thought to the history of women attorneys.There were no women in my law school class. I then served three years in the army in Vietnam and in Washington D. C. as Defence Appellate Attorney. Thereafter I returned to civilian law practice to find women attorneys in all law firms and courtrooms. This 227 page book was a joy to read and is an excellent and entertaining short history of not only the life of Justice Ginsburg but of the legal cases she brought to the U.S. Supreme Court as the hero of the Women's Rights Project. The book is a fast read and full of pictures and entertaining marginal notations that are simply captivating. I highly recommend this book.
  • (5/5)
    As a lawyer, have read many biographies of lawyers and this is the finest yet. I have always admired her, but now have even more grounds for doing so. Fine blend of enough personal details with not only descriptions, but also annotated, excerpts from her important briefs and opinions. Pictures are sprinkled throughout where I want them, and the writing style is concise, informative, but inclusive. The research seems thorough and the authors got feedback from RBG, her family, and associates. I find it hard to imagine a better biography, period.
  • (3/5)
    It's Women's History Month and this is my first entry in books by and/or about women. I've been a fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg since my earliest feminist days. She co-founded the Woman's Rights Project at the ACLU in 1971 and shepherded some of the most ground-breaking sex discrimination suits through the courts. She carefully built a foundation of suits and decisions that led to an inevitable conclusion. Discrimination based on gender was unconstitutional. For those of you too young to remember, the fight to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed in the 60's and 70's was based on the fact that the courts upheld laws that discriminated against women (and sometimes men--more on that below) based on societal norms rather than the "Equal Protection Under Law" guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the constitution. In other words, it was legal for states to pass laws prohibiting women from working in certain jobs or after they married or while they were pregnant. There were tons of laws on the books affecting women's rights to work, manage their legal affairs, divorce, or control their own health and fertility. After I got married, I refused to move to certain states because they had "Head of the Household" laws that allowed husbands to dispose of their wives' property without their consent and have total control of the family resources. In case your wondering, I got married in 1980--not that long ago (at least it doesn't feel that long ago to me!) RBG and the Women's Rights Project took on those discriminatory laws and practices. One of their tactics was to take on some cases where MEN were discriminated against: the denial of housing available to wives but not husbands of service members; a widowed stay-at-home father denied Social Security benefits for his infant son which were available to widowed wives, etc. RBG argued these cases in front of a Supreme Court made up of all white men. At the time the appellate courts only had one female judge. The brilliance of the tactic was to appeal to the men's self-interest. Laws discriminating against men were unfair and unconstitutional. The inevitable logic was that ANY law that discriminated based on gender was unfair and unconstitutional. But it took a while to get there with many false starts and the occasional assist from the Congress to break down the barriers.Most of those fights and strategies are reviewed in this book with lots of quotes from RBG's cases, opinions, and dissents. Which brings me to my problem with the book. It felt padded. My eReader said the book was 266 pages, but it ended at page 161. The rest of the book contained appendices titled "How to be like RGB" which contained philosophic quotes about life and work, "RBG's Favorite Marty Ginsburg Recipe", song lyrics "From R. B. Juicy" and a "Scalia/Ginsburg: A (Gentle) Parody of Operatic Proportions," and much more. The text covering her early years, education, marriage, and career was padded with photos, cartoons, a chapter on her fashion senses, and (as mentioned above) lengthy excerpts from RGB's opinions. It was mostly reporting from public sources and an interview with one of the authors rather than in-depth biography with scholarly analysis.I should have read the blurb more closely: "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, created by the young lawyer who began the Internet sensation and an award-winning journalist, takes you behind the myth for an intimate, irreverent look at the justice's life and work." (Emphasis mine.) This book is exactly what it advertises, so folks looking for a more scholarly treatment of the great lady's life should look elsewhere. That said, it covered all the facts adequately, brought back memories of activist times past, and reminded me of how much more we have to do in these reactive times. I take a lot of pleasure in the fact that RBG has become an internet meme and icon to the young. Very encouraging for the future.
  • (4/5)
    This biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was far more accessible than I had been expecting. Maybe it's because it was born from a meme, but I think I was expecting to have to be more familiar with legal proceedings. But no, even the verbatim quotes from RBG's opinions are imminently readable. Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    A short and informative biography which focuses on personal detail and general legal and political principles. A wonderful woman and jurist. Lets hope she can hold on for a while longer.
  • (4/5)
    "You can't spell Truth with Ruth".During the February, 2016 memorial coverage of Justice Antonin Scalia, I found myself drawn to a photograph taken in India in 1994 of Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg together lumbering along waving from atop an elephant. It stopped me in my tracks as I knew they represented the yin and yang of the American Justice System. Was it conceivable that they were friends outside their hallowed chambers? What was my little 5 ft tall Jewish icon of Women's Rights doing hanging around the man that declared that the constitution didn't bar sex discrimination?That question rattled around in my brain and prompted me to look into her biography. I needed to know more about Ruth as a person, not just a Supreme Court Justice with fancy collars and a fiery pen. There are some great choices available, including books written by Justice Ginsberg herself, but I fell in love with Carmon and Knizhnik's Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.This glossy picture strewn work brings RBG to life in short but thorough stories of her progression from Kiki, the baton twirling teen, deeply in love with the adventurous and independent Nancy Drew books to present day, a strong and resilient Supreme Court Justice not afraid to stand up and fight for human rights.RBG, born in 1933, began her steady growth toward gender independence fighting as she states, with three strikes against her, "[I was] a woman, a mother and a Jew." But as she fought for her own survival and career, she wasn't as yet a strong advocate for feminism. As a college professor, Ruth, inspired by student activism, joined a national movement that has steadily over tme moved toward not just women's rights but equal rights for all regardless of gender, race, or social status.Ruth began to fight her way into a "man's world" pulling all women along with her. She knew the importance of staying focused and educated on issues. She formed her own style. Pick your battles. Fight hard but not loudly or brash. Permanent change must be achieved through baby steps, carefully. When you have something to say, say it with a steady hand and carefully chosen words. Your voice will be heard over the din."Anger, resentment, indulgence in recriminations waste time and sap energy." (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg)As much as I was fascinated by all the legal briefs and dissents that Ruth presented, the most important message I got from the book is best said by the two people perched on top of that elephant so many years ago:“Call us the odd couple," Scalia said. "She likes opera, and she's a very nice person. What's not to like — Except her views on the law."[Likewise, Ginsburg could acknowledge her differences with her good friend Nino while still admiring his peppery prose.] "I disagreed with most of what he said, but I loved the way he said it,"(George Washington University event, 2015)These two people, at odds in their legal lives, can also see the human side of each other and share the richness of friendship and love. In our current political climate, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have shown the importance of civility, respect and friendship.I am going to jump in here with a diversion from the book and a personal comment..In my blog, I posted a copy of a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump that reads:"Justice Ginsburg of the U. S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot- resign!"As we head into a new world in America, my best guess is that Justice Ginsburg will not be deterred by tweets or taunts. She will stand with her principles and continue to represent all of us to the best of her ability.Highly recommend reading.
  • (5/5)
    I don't care what your political beliefs are, RBG's life is incredible. She's an inspiration to women everywhere. The diminutive Supreme Court justice did not have an easy path to success. I loved learning more about her as a lawyer, wife, opera-lover, mother, and judge.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent. Maybe not quite as compelling as Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman but still it gives you a good look at RBG and why she has to live forever (or at least 10 more years - to be safe)
  • (5/5)
    So good. I am an RBG fan girl and have been since she sat on the DC circuit, but i learned a few new things, and came to adore her even more.
  • (3/5)
    It is a bit hard to describe what this book is exactly. I learned a lot about Ruth Bader Ginsberg by reading Notorious RBG but it doesn't fit nicely into a specific category library genre. Is it a biography? Not really. Is it a memoir? No. Is it a hagiography? Pretty much, but with kitsch. Should we expect to see more titles like this as more millennials start writing books? Absolutely. Seriously though, I did get a quick fly-by account of RBG's rise to the top of the judicial world with lots of interesting little snippets of trivia. There is probably nothing untrue about RBG in this book. The authors are clearly smitten with RBG and her specific outlook on justice. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but its very clear by the first chapter that you are not going to hear anything critical of the justice throughout the rest of the book. The book is also a bit self-congratulatory in that it sites it's authors tumblr page as being the source of RBG's hip social status in today's social media mindset. There are lots of visual aids and unique twists to presenting information in the book. Timelines, annotated (and truncated) dissent summaries, and just downright bizarre appendixes. One features a best-of photo gallery of women (and animals) dressed up like Justice Ginsberg. These are obviously from the tumblr account created by the authors prior to the publishing of this book. The fonts are large, as are the margins. There is a two page spread of Marty Ginsberg's favorite recipe (milk braised pork). I can see how this might appeal to the fan girl base but I wouldn't site the book in a paper.
  • (5/5)
    My love for RBG has never been greater.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful audible book about the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The book is truly superb about the history and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I wish every young women would read it to understand the history that women have lived through and created in America.
  • (5/5)
    This biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a delight to read. The woman is quite remarkable, and has an incredibly strong spirit and work ethic. The author does let her admiration show through the writing, but that is not a negative for me.RBG has stood up for what she believes in, even when she tilts at windmills. She is a pioneer in women's, and therefore human, rights. While this could have been dry to read about, it was not. I appreciated learning about her relationship with her husband, who sounds like he was a delightful and supportive person, as well as being an important attorney in his own right. I would have liked to have read a bit more about RBG's relationship with her children.This book shows us this justice as a real person, not just a voice on the court. I listened to an audio version that was accompanied by an enhanced e-book, and it was read quite nicely, but I think I would have preferred to read this book rather than listen to it. There were references to the enhanced e-book which would have been easy to use in a print or e-ink book but were a bit clumsy in audio & e-book. Still, this is an excellent biography, well worth reading or hearing.
  • (4/5)
    I’ve wanted to know more about RBG and this book’s title (and the Notorious B.I.G. crown on the cover) was too fun to resist. I’d loved her admission after a State of the Union where she dozed off (“I was not 100% sober”), and I’d been surprised she had concerns about Roe v. Wade (seems she felt the Court ruled too soon; she’d prefer support to build within the states). It’s a very straightforward, light biography of her family life and career (including Court friendships), with a focus on her feminism (for equal rights, not world dominion). Fun on audio, but there is enhanced content (illustrations) that may make the printed copy even better.
  • (5/5)
    This was a delightful love letter to Justice Ginsburg. It is a quick read with a variety of stories from RBG's life. While it has a clear bias, I think it is worth the read for anyone who is interested in stories of strong women.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. First, the hardcover is more like a school textbook in size and appearance which I thought was a novel idea. Though different chapters were split up between the two authors, the book flowed from Ruth's beginnings to the present time. It's obvious the two young authors are infatuated with RBG but I am too after reading the book! Really had no idea of RBG's accomplishments and struggles so I was glad to learn all that she endured, personally and professionally.
  • (4/5)
    an enjoyable read. I had not realized what an socially active person she was prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court.
  • (3/5)
    Biography of supreme court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • (5/5)
    I didn't know much about RBG other than she was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. The book is playful but absolutely serious about telling RBG's story. Now in her 80s, RBG was one of a handful of female law students at Harvard back in the 1950s. After time spent teaching law at Rutgers (no law firm would hire her after law school) and working for the ACLU (where she co-founded the Women's Rights Project), she was nominated by President Carter to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit before being nominated by President Clinton to the Supreme Court. Throughout her career (she's still on the bench!) she fought for equality, not only for women, but for everyone. A mother to two children whom she raised with a husband she loved dearly, RBG was somehow able (mainly because she can live on very little sleep) to find time for work and family. You also learn about her impressive exercise regime which includes 20 push up a day!
  • (5/5)
    Notorious RBG is a very informative book about this wonderful, smart, just, remarkable, leader, and beautiful woman! This book takes you through her personal life, education, career, and achievements. It is also packed with pictures, man oh man, she was a beauty not just a brain! She is still very stylish! A true hero for women and men!
  • (5/5)
    This oversized book is a combination of love letter, career overview scrapbook and biography. It is a very brisk, easy read that presents the incredible education and career track of this fascinating woman. We learn how she fought for the rights of women in the classroom and the courts. The writers keep it light, no need for a background in law, in fact this is a wonderful introduction to a law career and to SCOTUS - what they do and how they do it.
    We learn about RBG's personal life, including her aspirational marriage to a man who was himself a top lawyer, but who recognized her brilliance and her in essence became her "wife" so she could attain her goals. We get insight of her as a teacher, a mentor and a co-justice. We learn about her improbable friendship with Justice Scalia - her polar opposite in the court, bestie in real life!
    Wish there were even more pictures, loved reading her dissents (with notes) and wish every woman/girl could read this to see how hard RBG and so many others fought to give them the rights and freedoms they take for granted now.
  • (5/5)
    Truthfully, because of the subject of the book, it wouldn't matter how well or how poorly written it was written.