Good and Mad: Book summary and reviews of Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

Good and Mad

The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

by Rebecca Traister

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Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
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From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.

In the year 2018, it seems as if women's anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women's March, and before the #MeToo movement, women's anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women's slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.

With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women's anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women's collective fury has become transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society's (and the media's) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions.

Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister's latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women's collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

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"Starred Review. A trenchant analysis…Traister closes with a reminder to women not to lose sight of their anger—even when things improve slightly and 'the urgency will fade... if you yourself are not experiencing' injustice or look away from it." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Timely and absorbing, Traister's fiery tome is bound to attract attention and discussion." - Booklist

"Starred Review. A resounding polemic against political, cultural, and personal injustices in America...A gripping call to action that portends greater liberty and justness for all." - Kirkus Reviews

"Urgent, enlightened… well timed for this moment even as they transcend it, the kind of accounts often reviewed and discussed by women but that should certainly be read by men…realistic and compelling." - Washington Post

"Traister specializes in writing about feminism and politics, and she knows the turf…Feminism forces certain complexities into the stream of our daily lives, and Traister has a great gift for articulating them." - Time Magazine

"From suffragettes to #MeToo, Traister's book is a hopeful, maddening compendium of righteous feminine anger, and the good it can do when wielded efficiently—and collectively." - Vanity Fair

"A galvanizing, timely study of righteous rage." - Elle

"A deeply research treatise on female anger - its sources, its challenges, and its propulsive political power." - Esquire

"In a year when issues of gender and sexuality dominated the national conversation, no one shaped that exchange more than Rebecca Traister. Her wise and provocative columns helped make sense of a cultural transformation." - National Magazine Award Citation, 2018

"The most brilliant voice on feminism in this country." - Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird

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Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. She is the author of All the Single Ladies and the award-winning Big Girls Don't Cry. She lives in New York with her family.

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