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Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present Paperback – Import, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; First Edition edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099576910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099576914
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in history, I highly suggest this book. Marginalized for eons, gay people are now an integral part of history. Relegated to the backburner, or whispered about in history sources, gay people have come forward with a great history. Within this collection, there are heartaches and triumphs, but always searching for the ideal of equality one day. Another good thing about this book is that it includes non-Western gay and lesbian history as well, yet another subject ignored by the "mainstream" history. An incredibly transfixing and fascinating book, I couldn't put it down, and read into the late hours of the evening.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
Neil Miller's done a great job of pulling together aspects of (western) gay history. I've read some of the sources for his lesbian chapters and he uses them intelligently to summarise main points. I assume he's does the same with the male stuff and material from other countries which was previously unfamiliar to me. His style is readable, succinct and balanced about how we look at the past from our current viewpoints.
One feature of the book which is particularly pleasing is his use of extracts from writings he's referred to in his central text. This adds a good variety to the voice of the work AND the extracts are long enough (two or more pages in length) to inspire further study.
I also like A) the pictures of famous historical figures, there's something particularly moving about them, (I never knew Willa Cather was so gorgeous!)
and B) the balance of genders and countries covered is better than average.
My advice - read it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been reading this book (and using it as a main reference point for a thesis paper) when I noticed a few date and fact discrepancies. This book states things that are completely different from dozens of other sources I have, and maybe some of them are right, but I know, without a doubt that a few of them were wrong. And I just noticed one isolated incident, but if one error is there, I don't feel I can trust the validity of the rest of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Free Spirit on August 25, 2009
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I am currently reading Out of the Past. It has given me an overview of the history of homosexuality. It has given me an understanding of how homosexuality was seen and reacted to in the past and how far the gay community has come. It also breaks it down in different societies such as; England, France, Germany and how each had its onw laws to keep the homosexuals down and treated as less than human. There were times when the homosexual were persecuted, imprisoned and punished for who they were. They were treated as if they were sick. They were also entramped, in other words they were set up and in doing so they would lose their jobs and blacklisted for future blackmailing. The homosexual community has come along way but it seems that they still have a long way to go. They are still shuned and don't share the legal rights as any other citizens. It seems that the law doesn't include them in the right to liberty and freedom as any heterosexual enjoys. The day that the homosexual community are totally accepted as part of the fabric of this world, only then will they enjoy total freedom and enjoy who they are for what they are no more and no less. They have a right not only because they are homosexual but because they are human beings just like me and you, like our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charley Lang on May 9, 2009
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This book is the BEST resource I have found on capturing the multi-faceted, insightful, humorous and moving stories of gay and lesbian history in our country (and abroad). As a professor of psychology, this is an invaluable text for numerous history classes. Kudos to Neal Miller for researching this rich, rich history, written in a manner that is imminently engaging and fascinating.
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Neil Miller teaches journalism at Tufts University and is the award-winning author of five nonfiction books. His most recent work, Kartchner Caverns, won the 2009 Arizona Book Award.

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