"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.
Bought as required reading for a class. Good read. Very informative.Published 4 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 10 days 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 11 days 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 2 months ago by Jeremy
Incredible, in-depth, engrossing review of marriage throughout history. Every several pages or so contains some jaw-dropping historical revelation or eureka-like moment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Guapo
Lots of information here. The beginning of the book was more enjoyable. The later chapters were bogged down by lots of recent marital trends. It got tedious. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greg Nelson