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The Way We Never Were by Stephanie Coontz
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Mar 17, 10

Read from February 24 to March 17, 2010

This totally changed the way I think about the history of the past century. There are so many assumptions we make about how life was "back then" that are slightly skewed and even completely incorrect. This book is chock full of well-referenced information on many aspects of American living since the early 1900s. Touching on economics, ideals, gender roles, child rearing philosophy, marriage, religion, families, this book has taught me so much about our history that I never learned in school. I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking to delve a little deeper into all those claims that things were so much better back then.

It didn't end my love of retro clothes, but it did open my eyes to the reality of "the good old days".
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