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Kirkus Review of Magnificent Disrupter

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

"The tumultuous life of a tireless activist for women’s rights. A drama critic and cultural historian, Shteir offers a corrective to negative images of noted feminist Betty Friedan (1921-2006) that accuse her of classism, racism, and homophobia. Drawing on more than 100 interviews, newly available archival sources, and private papers, Shtier provides a more nuanced perspective, portraying her as an idealistic, determined, and complex woman whose explosive temper and anger permeated personal and professional relationships... An evenhanded biography of a pugnacious revolutionary."

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