This book was a great way to pass some time on a 12-hour flight to China though I wished I had the “real” book because all the visuals were hard to see on my Kindle. I was a big fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg before I read this and now I’m an even bigger fan.
For those of you who are not familiar, this book developed from the Notorious RBG Tumblr blog started in 2013. Carmon & Knishnik do a great job of giving the reader a sense of how extraordinary Ginsburg’s life has been but also how her story is not simply her greatness as an individual but due in part to her collaborations with those around her. I wasn’t familiar with the Notorious RBG Tumblr (and couldn’t check it out on the plane or in China) but I recently spent an hour going down that rabbit hole and reading the latest entries.
This book is a great mash up of straight biography (which alone would be interesting enough) and photos, excerpts from Ginsburg’s legal writing, and even a handwritten note from her husband. Though some of the specifics have faded from my mind since I read this a few weeks ago, what hasn’t faded was my impression of Ginsburg as a hardworking, extremely principled, but also wonderfully human figure. Though I know she won’t live forever, I hope she will remain on the bench for many years to come.