Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her
The tragic and redeeming story of how one visionary woman built the biggest toy company in the world and created a global icon.
Barbie and Ruth is the entwined story of two exceptional women. There's Barbie: the diminutive yet arrestingly voluptuous doll unveiled at the 1959 Toy Fair who became the treasure of 90 percent of American girls and their counterparts in 150...more
Barbie and Ruth is about a business women named Ruth Handler who founded Mattel, An American toy manufacturing industry and also the creator of the Barbie doll. Ruth wasn't like any normal women in the 1940's who stayed at home with their kids cooked and cleaned. She loved working, she was always working on the next best thing. Throughout the book it shows the successes and failures of Ruth.
Barbie and Ruth was very interesting, The book was filled with so much in ...more
It was only marginally about the a ...more
It is far more than that and far more even-handed than is usual in these types of biographies. Plus the writing is first-rate. It reads like a novel and as the friend ...more
Surprisingly, this book was actually extremely interesting. True Ruth Handler (Barbie's "mother") was a total b..., the book didn't really focus on Barbie that much ...more
Not only did she build Mattel from the bottom up, but a ...more
Did you know that Barbie was a tough sell in 1959 because buyers thought she was too curvy and a bit scandalous, and that they thought little girls only wanted to be moms and play with baby dolls? Ruth created an adult doll so little girl ...more
At the end, I still adore Barbie and admire Ruth Handler for all th ...more
This book is really more about the people who created Mattel than about Barbie specifically.
A book about Barbie and her maker, Ruth Handler. This is a neat book in terms of that it was neatly portioned out. I was able to read the book over a 2+ week period without missing a beat. Nothing spectacular.
The book did focus much more on Ruth Handler than Barbie. It told a story without getting emotionally involved. After reading the book, I don't feel anything special toward Ruth Handler. Neither did I throughout the book.