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Women of Our Time: 75 Portraits of Remarkable Women Paperback – March 1, 2007

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The book provides a fascinating between-the-lines study of the passage of portraits and people from the noisy sea of celebrity culture - ARTNET.COM

About the Author

Frederick S. Voss is former Senior Historian at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. He has published extensively on American portraiture. cokie roberts is Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio (NPR) and Political Commentator for ABC News.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers; 2nd edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858943965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elevate Difference on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Opening this book, I expected to find glossy photos of Eleanor Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe, and other names and faces I recognized. While I found summaries of the lives of Roosevelt and Monroe beside typical portraits, I also found glowing descriptions and realistically unflattering pictures of women whose names I had never heard or whose faces I had never seen. Among the familiar list of names and unfamiliar faces were Margaret Sanger, pioneer of birth control rights; Anne Sexton, a poet who wrote with heart-gripping emotionality; and Pearl S. Buck, whose works I had read in high school with little context. Among the women whose stories had been hidden to me until now were Rosalyn Yalow, a medical physicist who made in-roads into male-dominated fields; Frances Perkins, the first woman to hold a post in the U.S. Cabinet; and Zitkala-Sa Bonnin (also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), an author and activist for Native American rights.

As broad and deep as the selection of featured women is, my only complaint is also about the selection. While a number of black, white, Asian and Native American writers, artists, activists, politicians and scientists are featured, nearly all of the subjects whose fame was acquired outside of the arts are white. The inclusion of Congresswoman and lawyer Barbara Jordan and Vietnam War Memorial architect Maya Lin is heartening, but surely a broad survey of ground-breaking women in the 20th century could offer a more inclusive pallet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By judy snow on March 18, 2013
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I purchased this for my mother. She finished it in a few days and gave to my sister, who will send on to me. Recycling at its best. Loved the content. Arrived earlier than expected.
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