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Betty Friedan: The Personal Is Political (Longman American Biography Series) Paperback – October 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0321393883 ISBN-10: 0321393880 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321393880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321393883
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scholar, journalist, activist, and noted author, Betty Friedan led a public campaign for equality in American society that stretched from 1950's suburbia to the close of the 20thcentury.


Friedan's personal experiences motivated her to rally against anti-Semitism at Smith College, reveal wage discrimination as a reporter for labor unions, define domestic dissatisfaction inThe Feminine Mystique, and organize women for equality with the founding of the National Organization for Women.  That public persona also affected her private life in marriage, motherhood, and eventual divorce.  This newest addition to Longman'sLibrary of American Biography Seriesfollows Friedan through nearly 50 years of championing equality, mapping the successes and shortfalls of her agenda.


The titles in theLibrary of American Biography Seriesmake ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Rawlins on March 15, 2014
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Susan Oliver's portrait of Betty Friedan is well-written, judiciously analyzed, and impressively researched. Friedan's efforts through literary works and social activism to establish first-class status for women are well explained and more than adequately covered. Thanks to Oliver's efforts, Friedan is less of an enigma.
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