Books by Stephanie Coontz

Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"A valuable education for women and men. For readers looking for a thorough biography of Friedan, check out Judith Hennessee's Betty Friedan: Her Life (1999)."
A sharp revisiting of the generation that was floored by Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique (1963), and how the book is still relevant today. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 2005

"A rich, provocative and entertaining social history."
How the marriage institution has evolved, from primitive societies to the present. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 1997

"Coontz's refreshingly grounded perspective encourages the development of a broader social intelligence that would enable us to move beyond, for example, simpleminded scapegoating of the single welfare mother, coming up with social policies that truly assist more of us in improving our lives."
A historian of the American family debunks the myth that a return to the so-called traditional two-parent nuclear family can provide us with an unassailable refuge from the social, economic, and psychological stresses Americans seem to feel so acutely these days. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Fascinating, persuasive, politically relevant."
Placing the American family in its historical, cultural, economic, and philosophic context, Coontz (co-ed., Women's Work, Men's Property, 1986) identifies the myths—and their sources, functions, and fallacies—that Americans generate around family life, as well as the terrible burden these illusions create. Read full book review >