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Backlash by Susan Faludi
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Aug 15, 2006 | ISBN 9780307345424

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“Faludi uses her dazzling investigative powers to zap the smug detractors of feminism, the hypocrites, backsliders, and antifeminists. The result is a rich and juicy read, informed by powerful logic and moral clarity.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

“The backlash against women is real. This is the book we need to help us understand it, to struggle through the battle fatigue, and to keep going.”
—Alice Walker

“As groundbreaking . . . as its two important predecessors, Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique . . . gripping.”
—Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

“Faludi argues with great passion and impressive research . . . Backlash may even be the catalyst for a new wave of activism.”
Vanity Fair

“[Backlash is] wholly convincing and more than a little alarming.”
The New Yorker 

“If you believe . . . that equality if good for women, and that traditional gender roles are mandated unfairly by culture, not nature, you’ll find this book a valuable resource.”
—Wendy Kaminer, The Atlantic

“Faludi gives so many examples of reporting skewed to emphasize the adverse effects if independence and nontraditional roles for women, when ample evidence exists that such effects are often transitory, that one is left with no doubt that she is right.”
—Diane Johnson, The New York Review of Books 

 “Backlash is a crucial book on a crucial subject. With great insight and wit, Faludi identifies the obstacles to women’s equality and directs us toward more promising responses.”
—Deborah L. Rhode, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, and former Director, Institute on Women and Gender, Stanford

“Thought-provoking, inspiring, and truly groundbreaking, Backlash is a must-read for women across the nation.”
—Eleanor Smeal, President, The Fund for the Feminist Majority

“Spellbinding and frightening, this book is a wake-up call to the men as well as the women who are struggling to build a gender-respectful society.”
—Robert Reich, author of The Work of Nations

“Smartly written, extraordinarily reported.”
M Magazine

“Thorough, carefully documented and persuasive.”
Chicago Tribune

“Withering commentary . . . This eloquent, brilliantly argued book should be read by everyone concerned about gender equality.”
Publishers Weekly

“Powerful and long-overdue myth-buster—an instant classic . . . Brilliant reportage . . . a stunning debut.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery, scintillating . . . deserves the largest possible readership.”


National Book Critics Circle Awards WINNER 1991

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