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Usborne Book of Famous Women: From Nefertiti to Thatcher (Famous Lives Series) Paperback – April 1, 1997
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The book is teeming with illustrations. Almost everyone has her likeness included alongside her biography. Modern women have photographs; less recent women have color sketches.
The accompanying text is somewhat dry reading, redeemed only by its brevity and frequent subject changes. One interesting aspect of the book is the explanatory text beginning the part on Notorious Women, calling for the reader to look past the surface of the life story. "Some women are deservedly notorious for their crimes; in other cases their evil deeds have been exaggerated."
This is not exclusively a collection of great, admirable women. While the book does share the lives of many highly regarded females, it also includes several women who would make distinctly poor role models. I find this inclusion interesting, and humanizing - showing some flaws makes being a "famous woman" seem like less of an unattainable goal.