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on January 4, 2014
Overall after reading the book I was impressed with the theory of backlash that Klarman presents. I read this book for a graduate seminar and found it useful in my later research, but the writing the was unremarkable and quite humdrum at some points. I wont say that it was bad, because its not, but its not a leisure reading book either.
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on February 5, 2014
I usually only have time to read on the subway to and from work, but with this book I found myself reading when I was supposed to be asleep, reading when I was supposed to cook dinner, and reading when I would usually check e-mails or play Candy Crush.

Focusing more directly on court cases and legislative battles, this book gives a pretty narrow view of the progress of gay rights in this country. I think that like any major movement LGBT rights has many stories to tell, and this is just one of them.

It's written in a way that pulls you into each part of the story and leads you right to the Supreme Court. At the time it was published, there were a lot of changes going on, such as Obama changing his stance on gay marriage. I felt like I could feel the pulse of the movement as it moved forward faster and faster through history.

I really enjoyed his writing style, as well as his choices in book structure. I was glad I read it on my Kindle because occasionally I had to search for a name to find where he first mentioned it. I think that has more to do with my poor name memory than his story order though.
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on December 7, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. The author did a fantastic job of compiling the history of same-sex marriage, especially in regards to court decisions, without making it too complicated or boring. The author also did a great job in remaining neutral in the discussion. A very interesting, readable book.
Disclaimer: I received the Kindle book in exchange for my honest review.
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on July 21, 2013
Klarman tells the story of the breathtaking social turn toward acceptance of gay marriage in the U.S. with his usual insight as a legal historian and social observer, and yet in clear prose accessible to all readers. Great book.
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on May 30, 2015
A good overview of the history and social movement. Well researched, thoughtful yet concise. I recommend to all for an overview of the equality movement.
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