- Paperback: 547 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (February 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107420989
- ISBN-13: 978-1107420984
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is definitely scholarly. It's not easy reading. However, it is filled with details, and goes far beyond any popular book I've ever read on the subject. Be prepared to spend many days reading this book. Perhaps weeks, unless you are totally focused on the subject.
My own criticism is that there is much less about fathers than about mothers. Yes, I know that in most societies, fathers are almost totally uninvolved in child-rearing especially in the early years. However, I would have liked to read more.
This is a substantial meal. It is well worth grazing on in chunks, over a period of time. You won't regret it.