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The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Jill Lepore

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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 Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth-he invented the lie detector test-lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman. The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women's rights-a chain of events that begins with the women's suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 6m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:03


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:14


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:12


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:15


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:37


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:24


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:58


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:27


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:17


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

00:30