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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a prologue and epilogue read by the author.

Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.

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 was a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely 30 years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-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 opens a window on this troubled time in American history. It is impossible to read about the crimes of Richard Nixon and the people around him without drawing parallels to today’s headlines. The audiobook 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. 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 who we are as a society.

©2020 Jill Wine-Banks (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Interesting History Lesson

Obsessed by Watergate at the time, this interesting book nonetheless added details I did not know. For younger readers, it will prove fascinating.

It is well written and I believe understandable to non-lawyers although since I am a retired lawyer, I cannot swear to that. I urge everyone to read it. It is a cautionary tale about government misdeeds that unthinkable at the time are eclipsed by the rampant lawlessness of the Trump Administration.

Young women, in particular, should read this for inspiration. You can be/do anything you want. Not without obstacles, of course, but if you persist, they can be overcome.

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Outstanding!

What a well - written and thoughtful glimpse into history as we repeat it once again. Thank you Jill for once again being a honorable guide.

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absolutely fantastic!i

i was in my 20's while this was going on so i remember alot of the big events so clearly but this book is from HER views and tells what they went through to come to the points they did. A fascinating history lesson!

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I enjoyed this book

What a page turner. This was book was hard go put down. I highly recommend it.

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Not worth listening to

This book lacks depth and substance considering it covers a great scandal of its time. The author seemed to forget that time in her life and wrote as if it were just what it is to her, a long ago memory. I think Wikipedia probably has more detail than what she writes in this book. I was also bothered by the lack of continuity in the book especially in the beginning. I expected more from one who was supposedly involved in ‘bringing down the President.’ To be truthful she was a small player working in a back office who was the token woman at the time and who was given a small amount of fame just to satisfy the women’s movement of the 70’s. She lacked depth because she did not have a great role, certainly not enough to write a decent book on Watergate.
And unexpectedly the epilogue is a rant on how much disdain she has for President Trump before Mueller found no evidence of wrong doing. She never updates that in her epilogue which would be easy to do. The book was released in February 2020-long after President Trump was justly cleared. Let me be real clear here-she HATES Republicans.
I believe the author is out to write a insignificant book as a means to trash President Trump and to flaunt her career. I see little value in this book when there are many more books on Watergate that go into much more detail and not so self serving. A complete waste of time and money even if you’re a Democrat.

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Excellent

Wine-Banks was one of the pioneer women in the legal field. In her career she had been Illinois Solicitor General and was a deputy attorney general. In 1973 she was working for the Department of Justice when she was picked to join a task force to investigate the Nixon administration’s burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building.

The memoir is well written and researched. It is an exciting read of the Watergate Investigation. She also tells of the sexism she faced as the only female on the taskforce. The book does reveal how far women have come toward equality since the early 1970s. I found the behind the scenes look most fascinating. I found myself comparing Nixon and Trump as I was reading. I began to feel that Trump is the more dangerous of the two men because he does not believe in a federal government and the constitution; whereas, Nixon did.

The book is eight hours. Cassandra Campbell does an excellent job narrating the book. Campbell has won four Audie Awards and many Earphone Awards. She was a 2018 inductee in Audibles’ inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.

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Even better than I wished for

My only small complaint is I would have loved Jill Wine Banks to read (even though reader was good) because it had so much of her personality. A nice blend of history and learning her perspective on events.

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informative

although we know the story, this insider's perspective shined knew light on the investigation and trial of Watergate. The sexual discrimation was not surprising, the reader was excellent and kept me interested as I listened during my walks.

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Watergate.. The real story of Watergate

I was young when Watergate was happening. This really gave the actual facts of what really happened. Great Book

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enjoyable and enlightening

This story really kept my attention. I learned many details I'm just a bit too young to remember. Jill's experience as she travelled the "mapped out, but still being paved" road of a young female prosecutor were also enlightening.

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Very Engaging

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The first hand accounts of the Watergate investigation, Jill's experiences as a ground-breaking female lawyer and anecdotes from her personal life combine to create a compelling story. I first became aware of Jill Wine-Banks through her inciteful commentary and analysis for MSNBC, and I'm so glad that those appearances have led me this interesting account.