"This is not the book I thought I was going to write," Coontz admits. She intended to show that marriage was not in crisis; merely changing in expected ways. But her exhaustive research suggested the opposite was true. Tracing matrimonys path from ancient times (when some cultures lacked a word for "love" and the majority of pairings were attempts to seize land or family names) through present day, she closely examines the many external forces at play in shaping modern marriage. Coontz details how societys attempts to toughen this institution, have actually made it more fragile. Her rich talent for analyzing events, statistics, and theories from a myriad of sourcesand enabling the reader to put them all in perspectivemake this provocative history book an essential resource.--Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've INSISTED that everyone I know read this book. It is ESSENTIAL!Published 13 days ago by Joseph D. Henry
A good perspective on the institution. Changed my views about current and past marriage practices. Provides insigjt about the future as well.Published 1 month ago by Jay Koons
I really like how this book chronicles various ideals of marriage and how things economically and environmentally factored into how marriages came to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D.
Extremely readable and thorough even when compare d to more narrowly focused histories of love and marriage. Everyone should read this book, period.Published 2 months ago by Alex Nelson
This book is a really great summery of marriage in the west (some older information is outside the west). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought as required reading for a class. Good read. Very informative.Published 3 months ago by Dannielle Thompson
Borrowed this from the library but loved it so much I had to buy my own copy. Given the debate on gay marriage, I was looking to learn more about marriage in American culture and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lindance