The New-York Historical Society awarded its 2015 American History Book Prize to Jill Lepore's best-selling The Secret History of Wonder Woman. The book is 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 other 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.
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. This paperback edition includes a new afterword by the author.
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