I have had the pleasure of reading two different books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While they cover the same territory (the life of Ginsburg), they tell it in two different ways. No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull and Nancy Zhang and I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley are introductions to a woman who fought for the rights first of herself, then for women and finally equal rights for both woman and men.
Both books cover her mother’s influence on her thoughts and determination. No Truth touches on the early years and focuses more on the later years, while I Dissent is a little more equal to both times. However, each bring into focus some different areas of her life that are not covered in the other one. No Truth also spends less time on her personal life whereas I Dissent does cover more of her family life.
Either book would be a nice gift and could be used in the classroom. Both have fantastic illustrations that bring to life the woman and the times and places around her. There are facts and additional information following the story. While both are biographies, they read as an actual story and not just a string of “dull facts” that will turn the reader off. Neither is a short read, therefore, the more active child might not be able to sit for the whole story in one sitting, but the older reader will enjoy learning about a pioneer in civil rights and help shaping the law.