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

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

by Jill Wine-Banks
The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

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

by Jill Wine-Banks

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Overview

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 thirty 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 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. 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250782205
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 193,622
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst, appearing regularly on the network’s primetime and daytime shows. She began her career as an organized crime prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, which led to her selection as one of three assistant Watergate special prosecutors in the obstruction of justice trial against President Nixon’s top aides. She has also served as general counsel of the U.S. Army, solicitor general and deputy attorney general of the state of Illinois, and chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. In each case, she was the first woman to hold the position. A graduate of the University of Illinois and the Columbia Law School, she lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Joining the Team 7

2 Archie and the Gang 14

3 The Watergate Boy 26

4 Nine Conversations 39

5 Saturday Night Fever 50

6 The Morning After 62

7 Secretary of Morale 78

8 The Lady Lawyer 87

9 Kurt 97

10 The Days of Wine and Rose 107

11 Two Ladies Arguing 121

12 To Indict or Not 134

13 The Road Map 145

14 Indictment 156

15 Exit the King 172

16 The Trial 184

17 After Watergate 202

18 No Fear of Flying 212

Epilogue 225

A Note on Sources 239

Acknowledgments 241

Index 247

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