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Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

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Publisher's Summary

Just when the clamor over "traditional" marriage couldn't get any louder, along comes this groundbreaking book to ask, "What tradition?"

In Marriage, a History, historian and marriage expert Stephanie Coontz takes listeners from the marital intrigues of ancient Babylon to the torments of Victorian lovers to demonstrate how recent the idea of marrying for love is - and how absurd it would have seemed to most of our ancestors. It was when marriage moved into the emotional sphere in the 19th century, she argues, that it suffered as an institution just as it began to thrive as a personal relationship. This enlightening and hugely entertaining book brings intelligence, perspective, and wit to today's marital debate.

©2005 SJ Coontz Company (P)2016 Tantor

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  • A. Fritz
    Atlanta, GA, USA
    27/04/17
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    "Nuke-you-ler"

    First, the narration was very dry. This is a much more interesting book than the narration suggests.

    Also, the narrator pronounces nuclear "nuke-you-ler" about a thousand times. Nuclear families are obviously going to come up a lot in a book like this, and every time it did it made me physically cringe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. Chavez
    06/02/18
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    "very informative"

    Wonderful book. The most important thing I learned from this is that the idea of traditional marriage is a myth. There is no one format for marriage. Like language, it is always changing and it always will, so we might focus on where the changes are going rather than clinging to a short-lived 50s style marriage. For example, the idea of marriage for love is so new to human history. I realized how little we know about such a common social institution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Close
    25/09/17
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    "A great review on actual history"

    I enjoyed the book. It is an actual history book. There's not much of any political narrative; only the display of facts. You get taken through a lot of very early history of marriage (in early Biblical times), through the Middle Ages, Enlightenment, and then in recent times.

    If you want a good understanding on how marriage has changed throughout history (not necessarily a whole lot of 'why'), then this is your book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • thoman smith spiggle
    09/09/17
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    "A must-read, even if a bit slow."

    About halfway through I was a little bored with a lot of redundancies, and had to put it down for a while. later on I became a little overwhelmed with what seem to be several chapters of satistics. However the rest of the book is incredible, and is worth waiting through the slow parts to read or listen to. in the end I would recommend this to everybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. C. Simon
    Romeo, MI USA
    28/07/17
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    "A Hard Working Author with Heart"

    This book contains many interesting revelations, but also shows an author who works very hard to pull the appropriate, relevant and truthful facts together. After reading this, I can't think of another topic that is so close to what we deal with every day of our lives. This is about family and relationships. The iPhones and Google pale in comparison to the importance of this. If today, the same novel was written, what would the author say about our technologies? One thing is that Stephanie Coontz would treat it with an open mind and as another opportunity to explore. She doesn't start with broad assumptions or twiddle emotions. It is refreshing to see such fact based analysis given with such vigor and in such an interesting way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GH
    Sherborn, MA, United States
    25/04/17
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    "Listen and you will be stunned"

    If you thought you knew something of the history of marriage, you are most probably mistaken -- a lot. This start with prehistoric times, goes through Greek, Roman, Egyptian, middle ages, Renaissance, 1800, 1920s, the golden age of marriage, 1970-1990, today, and most probably tomorrow. If you think that is a tall order, it so is. Ms. Stephanie Coontz does an excellent job laying it all out. You will find yourself shaking your head often. You will realize how far we come and how seriously marriage has been used as tool. Sometimes you will be angry, sad, dismayed. Though when you finish, you will understand the institution better. I am better off for listening to this. Thank-you Ms. Coontz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mathew
    08/10/16
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    "Great data and amazing research"
    What did you love best about Marriage, a History?

    There is so much to learn here about many different cultures and the history of my own


    What three words best describe Callie Beaulieu’s voice?

    please, speak, faster.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It has a lot of information about time periods that span all of recorded human history. I wanted to take the time and digest what I was listening to and place it in my minds web of history


    Any additional comments?

    I had to speed up the reading speed to about 1.15-1.20. It just felt too damn slow before that. It is my only criticism of the reader and easily adjusted.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Keysborough, Australia
    07/03/17
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    "Fascinating exploration of an ancient institution"

    This book is fascinating. I did find that last third or so less interesting, as it moved into theorizing about modern marriage. The narration was excellent, except for the narrator's irritating tendency to say "newkiller family".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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