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Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The Women's History of the World

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  663 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Men dominate history because men write history. There have been many heroes, but no heroines. This is the book that overturns that "phallusy of history," giving voice to the true history of the world — which, always and forever, must include the contributions of millions of unsung women. Here is the history you never learned — but should have!

Without politics or polemics,
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ebook, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Crown (first published 1988)
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Emily
I found this author through her fictional work, in which she places a lot of emphasis on women rulers and the worship of a “Mother Goddess”, as well as the downfall of that goddess and the rule of women when Christianity entered the picture. In WHO COOKED THE LAST SUPPER she covers the history of women, specifically the power of women from the beginning of history. I’ve seen reviews of this book from people saying she “paints men as being evil” but that’s not really what this is. She’s simply te ...more
Amanda Patterson
Every girl, and every boy, should have to read this as a textbook at school. Women have changed the world. Someone's just forgotten to write it down.This is one of my top 3 books of all time. It is entertaining, horrifying, unbelievable and well-researched. Women need to take back the power that patriarchal society and religion has taken from them. Miles does not flinch as she unravels a history that too few know about.
Amy
I think those who have claimed this book as biased are missing the forest for the trees. Of course it's biased. It's called "The Women's History of the World." Most accounts of history are biased in some form or another.

This book is mild in its bias; I've read other books that are far more scathing of the opposition.

That said, this was refreshing in its unforgiving nature. It's made me look at all accounts of history with a sharper eye.

For example, just last night, after finishing this book,
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Toria Burrell-Hrencecin
This spoke to me more than I expected it would. It revealed alot of fascinating history that I knew very little about. It also profoundly influenced and solidified my views of religion. It's the sort of thought provoking book that I wish everyone would read, especially intelligent women.
Surprisingly, it does not contradict the philosophy of Ayn Rand (whose writing I discovered at the same time as reading this book). Infact it compliments it. Rosalind Miles is a "feminist" but so was Ayn Rand (i
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Bianca
Jul 16, 2008 Bianca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women especially and those men brave enough to read it!!
I have always believed in equal rights/opportunites for everyone, regardless of race or gender, but I have never been a raging feminist. I felt like one when reading this book!! It made me so proud to be a woman, so appreciative of those that came and fought before me... It was nice to see what all (in a nutshell) women have contributed to mankind's society and culture.
Fatima
I had one reservation about the book that stopped me from giving it the five stars that it deserves. In the chapter about religion as a form of oppression against women, the author had taken quotes and stories from Islam out of context, and without any evidence, using it to prove her point. As a Muslim, I can only speak about Islam, however it seemed that author was blatantly against any form of religion and made it her mission to talk about how it oppressed women. I became skeptical of most of ...more
Spuddie
Nonfiction history, from ancient to modern times, as it relates to women’s place in history. Spans the gamut from religious to political history, and this book is difficult to read without getting quite angry at times, me being a woman and all, and a majority of the book being about how women have been second-class citizens since, as the author wryly puts it, ‘the rise of the phallus.’ Viewed as simply man’s property for much of recorded history, women have had to fight tooth and nail for basic ...more
Deb
Hands down the most entertaining and illuminating book I've read on women's history. I have gone back to it often & highly recommend it. Read it with a highlighter in hand if you are a history buff, you will find many women's lives vibrantly outlined here and you'll want to explore some in more detail. A far reaching view of human history from women's perspective. Miles' generous humour is peppered throughout making this a fun read - and so a terrific book for the young feminists (of any gen ...more
Rebecca
Do I really need to explain how much I loved this book? Of course, one should always be aware of an author's possible bias and agenda (as well as one's own) when reading something like this, but Rosalind Miles has pretty good credentials and it's a fascinating read. Two thumbs up!
Ginger
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. I think it is important for all women to get a taste of the female view on history. Each chapter was well written and interesting. I have bought several copies for Christmas presents. I did truly enjoy this, and would recommend it.
Susanj
Cannot recommend this book enough! STRONGLY RECOMMEND. It will be required reading for my daughters once they are older. Is it always easy to read? Nope. Saw a review that was less than favorable, claiming it was depressing, and Ms. Miles detailing of FGM made them want to get sick. To that I say- "I'd hope so."

It is 2014 and it is too late in the history of the world to close our eyes to the very real atrocities that continue to go on. FGM, gender selective abortions, female infanticide, domes
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JenniferRuth
A book that I would recommend to anyone - it tells the story of women, something that even to this day is remarkably scarce in our culture. It is both inspiring and horrifying. It certainly makes the reader want to push harder for a better future and to have pride in the sacrifices that women have made before us in order to create our present.

My only criticism is that this book is too small to really tell the whole story. Often I felt I wanted to learn more, but the chapters were poorly referen
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Heathen
Incredibly infuriating. It was unfathomable how many emotions I went through reading this. There is quite a flurry of information to digest...but of course that's why it's called the Women's History of the World. I would certainly suggest this to any empowered female...and especially those that need empowering. Every female can benefit from a little rage now & then to remind them what they are capable of.

This book ctually kicked-off a reading frenzy one weekend. I devoured 4 books of compara
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gaia0220z
La storia è stata scritta dagli uomini: per millenni, il sapere, gli studi, le lettere, sono state appannaggio del sesso maschile. Non è da stupirsi, dunque, se da ogni storiografia si ricava l'impressione che siano stati gli uomini, a fare la Storia. Quando non è affatto così; perché dietro papi, re, generali, esploratori, mercanti e contadini, c'erano le donne, infaticabili ed insostituibili.
Questo libro non è una storia del femminismo, ma una storia femminile - e sottolineo la differenza. No
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Carol Wichman
The book revised in 2001 is a great way to start Women's History Month. Rosalind Miles covers women's history from ancient to the 2000 with stories, facts and humor. We should not forget that women make up the largest part of the population and yet less rights and voice in their own affairs.

Younger women will find history quite different than they live now, but find they still lack the common protection of the US constitution in this county while other countries move forward often with US help.

Kelly Weisner
Who ever thought a history book could be a page turner???? I stayed up at night reading this one. Hearing the stories of human history for an completely nontraditional perspective is fascinating. I feel both proud and ashamed to be a human AND a woman with every new chapter. Really gets you thinking about the events of history AND your own life in a fresh way. A little dated (1980's), I need to pick up Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women's History of the World, same author.
Maracujia
Forse un po' estremo, offre buoni spunti di riflessione sul nostro passato ma soprattutto su come vorremmo il nostro futuro.
Fiona
Empowering beginning...slightly depressing and it goes through the ages into "civilisation"...but a wonderful read!
Kylie
A great read. Every female should read it.
Kittypoet
This was a great book, although it had so much territory to cover that some of it was summary with a few tidbits about particular women thrown in. I have for much of my life been a bit cranky about history. I love history and the past and learning about it, but the stories about women in the past were few and far between and generally seemed to be either a couple of queens and a few random others thrown in like sprinkles.

It does sometimes get a little angry, which is perhaps understandable, but
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Lilly Anne
FINALLY I finished this book. I'll more officially add the start date later, but I got the book last summer. While reading, I like to absorb the information and underline things, and plus it's nonfiction so it too a while to finish, obviously. I also took a break from this book for a long time - several months, actually. The "A Little Learning" chapter took a while to slug through, and I think I only got a few pages into "Revolution: the Great Engine" when I got bored and set it aside for a whil ...more
Jessa
I will hold back the five stars because I thought the humor and puns were sometimes forced and... not offensive, per se, but almost mocking? And because while reading trends and patterns and generalizations is good and important, I had thought it would focus more on the individual stories of great women. They're littered throughout the book, but usually only briefly and sometimes in a manner assumed I already knew who they were and what they did. There are certainly aspects that aren't looked in ...more
Lisa
I was so looking forward to an actual history book chronicling great women in history. But I sure didn't get that instead I got one woman's rant on how horrible it was (and really still is) to be a woman. I also got a complete sexual history of women since it seems that the entire history of women has been focused on the genitals, at least to this author. I should have known to stop when at the very beginning she started with fallacies of the Y chromosome and the evolution of gender. Perhaps she ...more
Christine
I'm going to give this one 3.5 stars. It started really slow, but the author makes a good point to what she referrs to as male dominance. She is able to illistrate this throughout the centuries. It helped, that before I read the book, I agreed with her on many points. Miles is an athiest, so her view that the worlds major religons are mysoginistic, and designed to make women subservient was not shocking. I don't disagree with her. Priests don't take a vow of poverty! Modern society, the view of ...more
Melissa S.
This book never got any better. I kept hoping. I was very interested in reading about women throughout history, but this book was a huge disappointment. I was expecting to read about history, involving women, with some humor thrown in. That is NOT what you get. This book was an outlet for the author to bash men and use crass language to do so. Yes, I know, it ended up VERY slanted on the feminist side of things and wasn't a straight forward history lesson, so what could one expect. As a woman, i ...more
Jacob
Okay, let's get it out of the way right now, I am NOT a mysoginist. That said, I hated this book. I had to read this for history class. I would never have read this book for any other reason. I like history. It is very interesting. However, the creativity with which the author writes could be likened to that of a statement-reason proof. As the chapters blur, the writing takes on a formulaic edge: men are evil when, women did this how, they were oppressed again like this, and so on. I sincerely r ...more
Jen
This may be the most unorganized, poorly thought-through book I've ever read.

That would sum up my review, but I feel that I should be more descriptive.

When I bought this book, what I thought I was getting was a look behind the male-centric view of history. The title seemed to be saying this...and even the back says "Here is the history you never learned--but should have."

But this isn't the book I got. Instead I got a rant of epic proportions using carefully and selectively chosen research loose
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Carly
Overall, this book was full of interesting information, stories & facts. Unfortunately, the interesting bits could have been strung together much more artfully, and with a more nuanced perspective on race and colonialism.

I couldn't help but notice that this women's history was primarily a history of white women, though Miles never explicitly says this. Women of color are discussed throughout, but predominantly as an afterthought. This is most noticeable when Miles discusses what it was like
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Nicola
The title of Rosalind Miles’s The Women’s History of the World promises so much that it’s almost setting itself up for failure.

There’s just much too much history to compress into a single book. The result is jarringly fragmentary: Miles zooms from subject to subject, and she doesn’t demonstrate enough finesse to make her travels through space and time (from the industrial revolution to the French revolution to the American revolution in a matter of pages!) feel natural.

Miles’s writing style als
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Dijana Šabić
This was one of those books which you cannot put down and continue doing something else - you must read it entirely at once. :) However, it is not for everybody (though I feel everybody should read it!) - theories and ideas presented in it might sometimes be hard to swallow for someone without any previous knowledge of feminist theories or movement. I wish my sisters read it some day and I'll do my best they to make that happen :) Why 4 and not 5? Because of one to many historical errors.
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Rosalind Miles is an author born and raised in England and now living in both Los Angeles and Kent, England. She has written both works of fiction and non-fiction. As a child, Miles suffered from polio, and had to undergo several months of treatment. After being accepted to a junior women's college, Miles acquired a working knowledge of Latin and Greek, along with developing her life-long love of ...more
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“Yet some would say, why women's history at all? Surely men and
women have always shared a world, and suffered together all its rights
and wrongs? It is a common belief that whatever the situation, both
sexes faced it alike. But the male peasant, however cruelly oppressed,
always had the right to beat his wife. The black slave had to labor for
the white master by day, but he did not have to service him by night as well. This grim pattern continues to this day, with women bearing an extra ration of pain and misery whatever the circumstances, as the
sufferings of the women of war-torn Eastern Europe will testify. While
their men fought and died, wholesale and systematic rape—often
accompanied by the same torture and death that the men suffered—
was a fate only women had to endure. Women's history springs from
moments of recognition such as this, and the awareness of the difference is still very new. Only in our time have historians begun to look at the historical experience of men and women separately, and to
acknowledge that for most of our human past, women's interests have been opposed to those of men. Women's interests have been opposed by them, too: men have not willingly extended to women the rights and freedoms they have claimed for themselves. As a result, historical advances have tended to be "men only" affairs. When history concentrates solely on one half of the human race, any alternative truth or reality is lost. Men dominate history because they write it, and their accounts of active, brave, clever or aggressive females constantly tend to sentimentalize, to mythologize or to pull women back to some perceived "norm." As a result, much of the so-called historical record is
simply untrue.”
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“Florence Nightingale was never called “the Lady with the Lamp,” but “the Lady with the Hammer,” an image deftly readjusted by the war reporter of the Times since it was far too coarse for the folks back home. Far from gliding about the hospital with her lamp aloft, Nightingale earned her nickname through a ferocious attack on a locked storeroom when a military commander refused to give her the medical supplies she needed.” 1 likes
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