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The Watergate girl : my fight for truth and justice against a criminal president, Jill Wine-Banks

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The Watergate girl : my fight for truth and justice against a criminal president
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The Watergate girl
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my fight for truth and justice against a criminal president
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Jill Wine-Banks
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eng
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"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"--
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  • MSNBC legal analyst Wine-Banks debuts with a brisk and empowering memoir focused on her experiences as a trial lawyer in the Watergate special prosecutor’s office. She describes facing off against members of Richard Nixon’s inner circle in depositions; being menaced by FBI agents after her boss was fired in the “Saturday Night Massacre,” cross-examining presidential secretary Rose Mary Woods about her “accidental” erasure of more than 18 minutes from a key White House recording, enduring sexist comments from the trial judge, and forming an unlikely post-Watergate friendship with former White House counsel John Dean. Wine-Banks also opens up about more personal matters, including her high school nose job, her struggles to leave her “miserable” marriage, and her affair with a justice department colleague. After Nixon’s resignation and the convictions of four conspirators on obstruction of justice charges, Wine-Banks went on to become the first woman general counsel of the U.S. Army and the first female deputy attorney general of Illinois. She packs the books with insider details and helpful legal analysis, and offers a revealing glimpse of a professional woman’s life in the post–Feminine Mystique era. This unique and intimate perspective on Watergate shines a well-deserved spotlight on the people who seek to hold the powerful to account. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 03/02/2020) (Publishers Weekly, vol 267, issue 9, p)
  • A timely reminder of a notorious scandal that resulted in a president's impeachment. In 1973, Wine-Banks, now a legal analyst for MSNBC and formerly Illinois solicitor general and deputy attorney general, joined a government task force assigned to investigate the Nixon administration's burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building. In her absorbing debut memoir, the author recalls her experiences as a young lawyer participating in what was then "the biggest political scandal in US history": questioning witnesses, wresting tapes from the White House, dealing with blatant sexism from some of her male colleagues and superiors, and, at the same time, facing the deterioration of her marriage. Among the witnesses, Nixon's secretary Rose Mary Woods proved frustrating for Wine-Banks, who worried that her demeanor in confronting the stalwart Woods reflected her "youth and vulnerability." Repeatedly questioned about the erasure of 18 minutes from a crucial White House tape, Woods maintained that she had done it accidentally. Also frustrating was the wily Jeb Magruder, whom the author characterizes as a consummate liar, whose testimony was vital for the case. "Often, when I questioned Magruder," Wine-Banks writes, "I could feel my chest tightening and my voice turning harsh and scolding." Despite Nixon's refusal to hand over the key tapes, claiming that no court could "compel a president to any action," a grand jury, comprised of ordinary Americans, did just that, "unafraid to challenge the president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world." The author's portrayal makes the impeachment process, which received bipartisan support, seem almost quaint. Today, she sees history repeating itself in a "more complicated political, social, and cultural landscape than existed in the 1970s." "Like Nixon," she writes, "Trump is corrupt, amoral, vindictive, paranoid, ruthless, and narcissistic." But he is more dangerous, she believes, "because he exceeds Nixon in hatefulness and venality" and "puts in peril the fundamental principles on which our nation was founded." A penetrating, firsthand view of history. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2020)
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autobiography
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10878191
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Wine-Banks, Jill
Dewey number
  • 973.924092
  • B
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF373.W512
LC item number
A3 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Wine-Banks, Jill
  • Lawyers
  • Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • United States
  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Watergate Affair (1972-1974)
  • Impeachments
  • Lawyers
  • Politics and government
  • United States
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my fight for truth and justice against a criminal president
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The Watergate girl : my fight for truth and justice against a criminal president, Jill Wine-Banks
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Joining the team -- Archie and the gang -- The Watergate boy -- Nine conversations -- Saturday night fever -- The morning after -- Secretary of morale -- The lady lawyer -- Kurt -- The days of wine and rose -- Two ladies arguing -- To indict or not -- The road map -- Indictment -- Exit the king -- The trial -- After Watergate -- No fear of flying
Control code
on1113434676
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250244321
Lccn
2019048190
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1113434676
Label
The Watergate girl : my fight for truth and justice against a criminal president, Jill Wine-Banks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Joining the team -- Archie and the gang -- The Watergate boy -- Nine conversations -- Saturday night fever -- The morning after -- Secretary of morale -- The lady lawyer -- Kurt -- The days of wine and rose -- Two ladies arguing -- To indict or not -- The road map -- Indictment -- Exit the king -- The trial -- After Watergate -- No fear of flying
Control code
on1113434676
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250244321
Lccn
2019048190
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1113434676

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