Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018. Her early experiences and the guidance of her mother to be more than what was expected of a young Jewish girl established the precedents that would lead the future Justice to a life dedicated to seeing that all people, regardless of race, class, or gender, received equal treatment under the law. It is too long overall and too short on details about the personal life of Ginsburg, other than to say she is a perfect human being. Jane Sherron De Hart's writing is as eloquent as the Justice's opinions and her riveting background narratives of several of the justice's cases and opinions are a treasure chest of "fly on the wall" history that the average person could never know without months of arduous, adroit research. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It is a well-researched, well-written book about a pioneer of women's law and a great asset to the Supreme Court. Beginning with her childhood and the tragic death of her mother, this book traces the development of RBG's pursuit of equality and justice. The Definitive Biography for now of Justice Ginsburg, Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018. The author has minimal insight into her subject -- Ruth Nader Ginsburg -- and gives to the reader a work more akin to hero worship than serious analysis of the private person; instead it reads like one list of admirable accomplishment. © 2008-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates, See all details for Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life. A hugely successful tax lawyer, his own ego intact, he reveled in his wife’s accomplishment and dedicated himself to helping her achieve her ambition to become a judge. First as an advocate and later as a justice, she made it her goal to dismantle the structures that embody “overbroad generalizations about the way men and women are,” as she put it in a majority opinion just last year. Also, as someone without a legal background but who is interested in the judiciary, I appreciated how the author brought Ginsburg's many prominent cases to life. Unlike books that might find one stream sufficient, this one weaves the three foci into a compelling whole. But when she informed the personnel office that she was pregnant, she was offered a clerk-typist job at the lowly rank of GS-2. Icons, it seems, are made as well as born. Compelling page turner would not be the usual description of a biography of a Supreme Court Justice. Detailed, well-researched, and worth your time. The question for any Ginsburg biography — and there will be others, including a long-anticipated authorized one by Wendy Williams and Mary Hartnett of Georgetown Law School, still some years down the road — is not only what happened, but why.