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Enjoyed reading this fascinating and wonderfully researched book. If you want to delve into the basics of today's breaking marriages, you must refer to history; and this book is so great in that. We have gone so far from the point where women were subservient to men to the concept of romantic love discussed in this book as a substitute for marriage. Hats off to the writer who dissects it so well. 

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This is a wonderful & interesting read from the first chapter to the last. Coontz will completely destroy any preconceived notions about what you think marriage has been and instead give you just the facts. Allowing the reader to really examine their own bias and beliefs. Not only was it interesting from a historical context on marriage and family, but also very validating for those of us who don't always feel like we understand the institution of marriage in the 21st century. Everyone should read this book before they marry.  

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