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"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
Fascinating read; a lot of interesting facts and information about marriages around the world.Published 20 days ago by lbr1022
This book is very thoroughly researched and very interesting book. I had no idea how our concept
of marriage has changed throughout the decades. Read more
I read a quote from this book that someone posted on social media in response to the normal clamor about "traditional marriage. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Martin
A fascinating look at the many kinds of marriage that have evolved over the centuries. It is especially relevant at this time when Kennedy on the Supreme Court used it to make... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael
For a while, I am married to this book. The full title is a bit misleading. It is about love but it modifies your picture of everything you know or think about people, humans,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill
I've INSISTED that everyone I know read this book. It is ESSENTIAL!Published 4 months ago by Joseph D. Henry