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The Subversive Family: An Alternative History of Love and Marriage [Paperback]

Ferdinand Mount

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1 Oct 1998
A "brilliantly written and convincingly researched argument that marriage and the family, far from being the handmaidens of oppression by a ruling class, are in fact the chief obstacles to the exercise of any authority, whether political or religious, temporal or spiritual" (Auberon Waugh, "The Daily Mail").

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Jesus says: 'If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.' Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, fascinating, common sense book 16 April 2007
By DKC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book so influenced when I first read it 20 years ago that it permanently and indelibly changed my view of the world, history and politics. I think of it often.

Mount's (well documented) premise that the nuclear family has always been the greatest threat to public organizations, be they religious or political, is insightful and important. Public organizations, in and of their nature, do and will try to suppress the loyalty of individuals to their immediate family.

This short and important book deserves to be widely read and to exert the influence it merits.
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of the small unit 16 Sep 2013
By Everett Roger - Published on Amazon.com
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A unique view of marital history that should be read, absorbed and discussed by all with political or religious ambitions.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Really is Subversive and Wonderful 13 May 2009
By Robert P. Mcguinn - Published on Amazon.com
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An amazing tour in common sense. You will know his thesis about the family is right after the first few pages and you will drift gleefully across the remaining pages, forever changed. Read this!!! Now.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended 16 Nov 2008
By Franklin Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, the author rambles endlessly attacking almost everyone for their beliefs without offering a shred of evidence in support of his own beliefs. He attacks Christians, Marxists, and various academics. The author claims that the nuclear family, based on love, was common throughout history. Is this true? I don't know and I won't know until I find another book that actually contains historical evidence. I only read the first 4 chapters of this book, so maybe it improves, but I don't have the patience to find out. I think the history of the family is an important topic, worth reading about, but this is not the book to buy on this subject.
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