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Margaret Mead: A Life

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Howard's definitive biography of the woman who was one of the giants of the 20th century covers Mead's professional accomplishments, three marriages, intense friendships, and groundbreaking travels. 16-page photograph insert.
Paperback, 532 pages
Published December 16th 1989 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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A role model in many ways for women of all times. Controversial, decided, head-strong, impervious to those who would knock her down, ultimately the crafter of a life that left a legacy of example for thinking women.
I picked up this book to read more about Margaret Mead's life after having read the fictionalized account based on her life in Euphoria by Lily King.

Margaret Mead's life was very interesting; however, this biography did not grab me. The style was dry and often tedious. Periodically, there were glimpses of humor and daring of the main subject but more often there were odd pieces of bad poetry written about her or by her.

This is the kind of biography that puts me off of non-fiction. I only got ab
Aug 11, 2014 Lex added it
I had to return this to the library before I finished.

The first 270 pages or so kept my attention but then I lost interest. Her early life, especially her travels, is quite fascinating and I enjoyed trying to draw parallels between this and the fictional Euphoria.

The author presents different and sometimes conflicting views of Mead's life, which creates a layered look at the accomplishments and disappointments of a brilliant but flawed woman.
I only read a few sections of this book before I forgot it at my parent's house over christmas. I enjoyed what I read. Margaret Mead was a fascinating woman.
Oct 04, 2010 Joan marked it as to-read
Shelves: on-hold
Summer 2010, about half way done. . . very interesting woman!
Michelle Commeyras
I think Margaret Mead was very cool. I will read anything about her.
I had this on the shelf for awhile - so glad I finally read it.
Read this in my 20s and thought it was really interesting
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