"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.
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 16 days 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Greg Nelson
I was hoping for a clear and concise history of marriage; this book is neither. It is so filled with interesting anecdotes that I could not follow the overall premise and got lost... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. A. Boman
This is just a silly, ignorant book. I don't know how Coontz can call herself a "historian" - she seems to have got her ideas of history from comic-strips. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lenore
A real page turner, as sociology books go. This was a fascinating overview of the history of marriage with an emphasis on how marriage evolved in western Europe. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angela Clayton