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Filled to the brim,
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This review is from: Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage (Paperback)
This book is filled to the brim with seemengly every possible form of marriage ever recorded in history, most being unlike you would expect from such a prevailing common custom. According to Coontz, the institution of marriage is many faceted, and has been through a lot of changes in a relatively short time. Each page is packed with so much information one could be easily overwhelmed within the first chapter to realize that the history you thought existed is a total fabrication of our society, and Coontz is out to prove it. Not a good bridal shower gift unless she is an intellectual of the most curious sort. Great fodder for debates about sexism, marriage and federal policy, and whether or not one should tie the knot in the modern way.