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The Watergate Girl

My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

Jill Wine-Banks



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09 August 2020
Biography: general; History; Constitution: government & the state; Legal profession: general; Government powers
It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women's movement stood a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and in charge of some of the most important prosecutions of high-ranking White House officials. Called the mini-skirted lawyer by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts- and prevailed.

In The Watergate Girl, Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside this troubled time in American history, and it is impossible to read about the crimes of Richard Nixon and the people around him without drawing parallels to today's headlines. The book is also the story of a young woman who sought to make her professional mark while trapped in a failing marriage, buffeted by sexist preconceptions, and harboring secrets of her own that kept her on a knife-edge. Her house was burgled, her phones were tapped, and even her office garbage was rifled through.

At once a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics, and our society.
By:   Jill Wine-Banks
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 217mm,  Width: 146mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   371g
ISBN:   9781250244321
ISBN 10:   1250244323
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   09 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst, appearing regularly on the network's prime-time and daytime shows. In addition to her service as an assistant Watergate special prosecutor, she was also general counsel of the U.S. Army, solicitor general and deputy attorney general of Illinois, and chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. A graduate of the University of Illinois and the Columbia University School of Law, she lives in Chicago.

Reviews for The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

A timely reminder of a notorious scandal that resulted in a president's impeachment. . . . An absorbing debut memoir . . . [and] a penetrating, firsthand view of history. --Kirkus Reviews An intimate, powerful personal story. Jill Wine-Banks is not afraid to share and tell all her experiences and opinions. And I promise you she does. --Bob Woodward A lively and engrossing account and a timely reminder of how an able and dedicated lawyer and her colleagues held a president and his minions accountable--and why it was vital to do so. It is also an important story of how a young woman confronted a 'man's world, ' and dealt with her own vulnerabilities and personal crises at the same time. --Elizabeth Holtzman, former member of the House Judiciary Committee Such a wonderful book! Jill Wine-Banks makes the Watergate scandal seem as current as today. She has written a fascinating, intimate account of her role as a young assistant special prosecutor--and also her #MeToo experiences in a series of groundbreaking jobs. --Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today, and author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty Come with Jill Wine-Banks back to a time when women were 'girls, ' accomplished professionals were mistaken for prostitutes, and a determined figure that one headline identified as 'The Leggiest Watergate Lawyer' rose above it all do something heroic: bring down a criminal president. A riveting and wonderfully crafted memoir for our time. --Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan What Jill Wine-Banks did in the early 1970s is the stuff of legend: She got the goods on a corrupt president and used the power of the law to call him and his henchmen to account. The Watergate Girl tells an inspiring story for our troubled times--bravely, wittily, and wisely, with piercing insight and bracing literary verve. --John Heilemann, host of Showtime's The Circus, editor in chief of The Recount, and coauthor of Game Change

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