10 February 2015

The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore

William Moulton Marston invented the lie detector, and created Wonder Woman.

This wonderful book can be, among other things, read as a modern history of the feminist movement. It begins in the early 20th century, with the suffrage movement, and with Margaret Sanger's struggle to make birth control available for women in the USA. 

Reading this book will provide insight into the obstacles faced, and gains made, by women in America in the last hundred years or so. In addition, some will be learned about the comic book industry, and the genesis and development of the iconic Wonder Woman character who I remember being played by Lynda Carter on TV in the 80s.

The New York Times Book Review describes this book as a "long strange thing to chew on."


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