Marriage, a History

  • by Stephanie Coontz
  • Narrated by Callie Beaulieu
  • 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- A. Fritz

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.
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- Jason Close

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio