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Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty and Law
By Jeffrey Rosen
“Imagine having a cup of coffee with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and chatting about law, the Supreme Court, marriage, family, music, wins and losses….”
Through her own words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers an intimate look at her life and career, in this extraordinary series of conversations.
This remarkable book presents a unique portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing on more than twenty years of conversations with Jeffrey Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with us the justice’s observations on a variety of topics and always her intellect, compassion, sense of humor and humanity shine through. The affection they have for each other as friends is evident in their banter and in their shared love for the Constitution – and for opera.
In Conversations with RBG, Justice Ginsburg discusses the future of Roe v. Wade, her favorite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #Me Too movement, how to be a good listener, how to lead a productive and compassionate life, and of course the future of the Supreme Court itself. When Rosen asked, “What is your message to the next generation of feminists?” Justice Ginsberg replied, “Eliminating unconscious bias (against women).” These frank exchanges illuminate the steely determination, self-mastery, and wit that have inspired Americans of all ages to embrace the woman known to all as “Notorious RBG.”
In these conversations, Justice Ginsburg, always has something interesting – and often surprising – to say. And while few of us ever had the opportunity to chat with her face-to-face, Jeffrey Rosen transports us to her side as never before. Published before Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death in 2020, Conversations with RBG is a deeply felt portrait of an American hero and a remarkable woman.
Jeffrey Rosen is the president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center, a law professor at George Washington University, and a contributing writer for The Atlantic.