"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.
Extremely readable and thorough even when compare d to more narrowly focused histories of love and marriage. Everyone should read this book, period.Published 1 day 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 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought as required reading for a class. Good read. Very informative.Published 29 days 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 1 month ago by Lindance
This was purchased for a class I was taking in college. It was a very difficult book to get through. I thought it would be a lighter read, but it's not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Woodruff
This was a well-researched book, and I enjoyed it very much until the last few chapters. The author focuses a lot of attention on the negatives of marriage throughout history,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy