Review by Ann McDonald
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism.
Basically, this book is a comprehensive history of the life of the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston who unbeknownst to many, was also the creator of the polygraph. When I first began reading the book, my expectations were to be entertained and to enjoy the hours it requires to read a full book and not regret the time given to it.
Sadly, I was very disappointed. Don’t misunderstand me, the book is very well researched and written with a certain amount of clarity and if you are into the history of the women’s movement for rights, including the Suffragette Movement which was started in 1848, then you will find it very interesting.
Personally, I found it dry and and at times, unpalatable. I kept getting the feeling that I was studying for an exam and that I knew I wasn’t going to pass. The Social History of Women’s Rights and the effort to achieve some standing in society, regardless of gender, is a worthy study but in the context of Wonder Woman’s history, it simply does not work.
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