-Geoff Eley, University of Michigan
"[Mouton's] portrait of the interplay between state directives and their actual implementation offers a compelling reminder of the limits of social engineering, making it required reading for anyone interested in the operations of daily life under various modern regimes."
-Julia Sneeringer, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...Mouton's book might best be described as extended exercise in qualification....The strength of the book lies in its relentless pursuit of the twists and turns of the Nazi policy-making process as the primary goal of the racial re-construction of German society ran up against the limits of state administrative and fiscal capacity and came into conflict with other priorities, as local judges, physicians, officials and social workers were faced with the practical problem of translating national policies into effective programs that affected real people..."
--Larry Frohman, State University of New York, Stony Brook, German Quarterly Book Reviews
"This extremely well-written, engaging, and fascinating study brings a critical eye for valuable details about family life in the everyday as it intersected with German state officials' long-standing interest in family affairs." -Jean Quataert, H-German
"Michelle Mouton's study of Weimar and Nazi policy is a welcome addition to the literatures on women, the welfare state, the family, and resistance and collaboration. Marshaling a wide range of sources that includes oral interviews with forty-eight women, Mouton explores the formation and implementation of family policy in both German regimes at the national, state, and local levels." -Sace Elder, H-Childhood
"...a valuable addition to the history of modern Germany, public health, and population policy. It is an excellent demonstration of the fact that national politics and the meanings of citizenship cannot be properly understood apart from gender and family issues." -Lora Knight, H-Nationalism
"It is refreshing to read a book about Weimar and Nazi Germany that challenges stereotypes without making extravagant claims." -Jill Stephenson, Journal of Modern History