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More relevant than ever, The Way We Never Were is a potent corrective to dangerous nostalgia for an American tradition that never really existed.
"[Coontz] approaches the subject of what we now insist up on calling 'family values' with what is, in the current atmosphere, a refreshing lack of partisan cant."Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
"Stephanie Coontz has her finger on the pulse of contemporary families like no one else in America."Paula England, 2015-15 President, American Sociological Association
"Coontz presents fascinating facts and figures that explode the cherished myths about self-sufficient, happy, moral families."Newsday
"Historically rich, and loaded with anecdotal evidence, The Way We Never Were effectively demolishes the normal, traditional nuclear family as neither normal nor traditional, and not even nuclear."Nation
"A wonderfully perceptive, myth-debunking report.... An important contribution to the current debate on family values."Publishers Weekly
"Clear, incisive, and distinguished by Coontz's personal conviction and by its vast range of cogent examples, including capsule histories of women in the labor force and of black families. Fascinating, persuasive, politically relevant."Kirkus Reviews
"Coontz's strength is in the way she shows that families of every era have been blamed for conditions beyond their control."San Francisco Chronicle
"[Coontz] persuasively dispels the myths and stereotypes of 'traditional' family values as the product of the postwar era."Library Journal
- On Sale
- Mar 29, 2016
- Page Count
- 576 pages
- Basic Books