I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after living with multiple sclerosis for many years, leaving Windsor to pay a large estate tax bill. This is the story detailing the fight for the federal government to recognize their marriage.
I thought the book was at its strongest when it focused on the lives of Spyer, Windsor, and the author, which serves as the beginning part of the book. But as a non-lawyer, I found the descriptions of the arguments really difficult to get through. While someone more into this or someone with legal training might get more out of it, I really didn't care for it.
Which is not to say the information contained wherein isn't important or shouldn't be read. But someone who isn't into that might have a really difficult time understanding and slogging through the material.
I don't have much to say on this one, since I felt I got more out of reading up on Wikipedia to better understand what I was looking at. And this isn't a book to change minds: this is Kaplan's retelling of a couple's lives and their legal case. I did appreciate seeing what Windsor and Spyer had to go through as well as reading up on Kaplan's experiences (such as being denied being allowed to take her son Jacob out of the hospital nursery because she wasn't recognized as a parent [!!!!]).
Library borrow, but I would venture a guess that anyone interested in LGBT history, legal issues, etc. would also probably find this to be a good resource to have as well.