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A wonderful book full of thought-provoking history. I learned a lot and this started numerous conversations with friends and family.Published 15 months ago by D. Smith-Cohen
Good overview of marriage through the the years with each section examining a particular aspect of the institution. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bronx Book Guy
Excellent historical overview/recap of why the institution originated and mutated over time. Questions discriminatory practice of excluding homosexual unions brilliantly.Published 23 months ago by Annie Emerson
I thought this was a very entertaining look at the history of marriage and how it has changed through the years. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by A. Ramirez
E. J. Graff
What Is Marriage For?
(Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1999)
(ISBN: 0-8070-4114-9; hardcover)
(Library of Congress call number: HQ734. Read more
No nonsense guide to the history of marriage. Has some amusing analogies that make you think about this ever evolving tradition.Published on March 24, 2010 by Michael R. Coffey
While E. J. Graff gives a broad social history of marriage, she does not delve deeply enough into the religious history of marriage which leads to errors in her arguments. Read morePublished on June 25, 2007 by magmom24
A very interesting book about the history of marriage and what this history suggests for the arguments surrounding gay marriage. Read morePublished on July 5, 2005 by Kim
What I expected was a well researched history of marriage laden with colorful commentary, humorous ironies, and insightful analysis. Read morePublished on April 24, 2005 by Book Dude