A Standout Memoir | Review: The Watergate Girl by Jill Wine-Banks

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I adore historically based memoirs. You can definitely guess why I was anxious to get my hands on a copy of The Watergate Girl. (And I'm SO glad I did.)

by Jill Wine-Banks

Former Watergate prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks's THE WATERGATE GIRL, a memoir of her years as a young lawyer on the staff of the Watergate special prosecutor, recounting her key role in breaking open the legal case against Richard Nixon and the particular stresses and pressures she faced as a young woman in a male-dominated world who had secrets of her own to protect, to Paul Golob at Holt.

The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President by Jill Wine-Banks 
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)     
As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

What a wonderfully fascinating read. History is so complex and colourful. Those who've lived it are just as such. One thing we know about history is that it often repeats itself. We always circle back on it in some way. Given our political climate, it's no wonder why The Watergate Girl is easily tied into our modern times. It makes it such a timely read. It serves as a great reminder to ALWAYS fight against corruption.

The Watergate Girl is easy to appreciate. It feels like this one has been a long time coming and I'm glad to have finally read it. Jill Wine-Banks not only gracefully devotes her time to the heavy tasks at hand via her personal and professional life, her voice is highly present and makes for an easy read. This isn't a dull, dried down glimpse into the past--it is as vivid as ever.

Something about Wine-Banks' voice shines brightly through from the past to the present and makes for an engaging glimpse into this particular chapter of our history. Details, scandals, corruption, the abuse of power are tied into her memories in a way that is blunt and captivating. The Watergate Girl focuses intently on all of these things, plus Wine-Banks' personal life, in a way that seems never-ending and compelling.

What makes this memoir work is that it's more than just an engaging, beautifully written story. This is a genuine look into the life of a woman who was--quite literally--in the room when it happened. You can feel the heavy of truth of all that happened then, how it ties into the now, and how we view it. It is hard to not compare it to these modern times.

In short? The Watergate Girl is feminist, incredibly informative and insightful. It is the next great historical memoir and will surely stand the test of time. Step on up and let the past intrigue you.

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