Behind Every Great Man

Behind Every Great Man

The Forgotten Women Behind the World's Famous and Infamous

Book - 2015
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Who Said Men Get to Monopolize the Glory?
Discover the Little Known Women Who Have Put the World's Alpha Males on the Map.

From ancient times to the present, men have gotten most of the good ink. Yet standing just outside the spotlight are the extraordinary, and overlooked, wives and companions who are just as instrumental in shaping the destinies of their famous--and infamous--men.

This witty, illuminating book reveals the remarkable stories of forty captivating females, from Constance Lloyd (Mrs. Oscar Wilde) to Carolyn Adams (Mrs. Jerry Garcia), who have stood behind their legendary partners and helped to humanize them, often at the cost of their own careers, reputations, and happiness. Through fame and its attendant ills--alcoholism, infidelity, mental illness, divorce, and even attempted murder--these powerful women quietly propelled their men to the top and changed the course of history.

Meet the Untold Half of History, Including:
*Alma Reville (Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock)
*Elena Diakonova (Mrs. Salvador Dali)
*Winifred Madikizela (Mrs. Nelson Mandela)
*Ann Charteris (Mrs. Ian Fleming, a.k.a. Mrs. James Bond)
*Ruth Alpern (Mrs. Bernie Maddoff)
And 35 more!

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, 2015.
ISBN: 9781492603054
1492603058
Branch Call Number: 920 WAGMAN-GELLER
Characteristics: 356 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Jul 30, 2015

Behind Every Great Man shares parallels with Princesses Behaving Badly. Both have brief, often interesting vignettes. The latter is targeted at the 11-15 year old audience, but has meticulous footnotes and academically acceptable references for those who wish to go beyond Val-Speak. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Wagman-Geller's work. The writing is just a whisper above middle school although adult sexuality is freely expressed. The sloppy editing ( the SF Quake was 1906 not 1907) and second-rate academic research ( all recent internet articles) is unworthy of a serious historian or even(California) high school English teacher.

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