A history of marriage takes us on an engaging romp through civilization's quest for a social construct which will contribute to growth while conforming to the mores of the day. Richly described examples taken from archives speak to the dedication of the author. I love historians who can paint such vivid images, don't you? It is also refreshing to see Canadian history alongside that of its bigger and more powerful neighbor. A History of Marriage provides an engaging, and ultimately hopeful, read. Through the centuries, the human race seems to have sought a greater equality which may ultimately prove to be our salvation. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain perspective in these ideologically polarized times.