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Anita HamiltonAvoiding ideological rant, Etcoff employs rigorous scientific research and amusing detail to create a great read.
— Time Magazine
From the Hardcover edition.
"Survival of the Prettiest is the first book to pull all of the science on beauty into one lively yet thoughtful package, showing again that it's not just ax-grinding males who believe that biology continues to play an important role in our lives." --The New York Times Book Review
"Through a series of global scientific studies, Etcoff . . . presents a compelling argument for why so many cultures are influenced by beauty." --The Boston Globe
"Nancy Etcoff . . . writes confidently that today's culture of beauty is not a backlash against feminism. She delves into why we devour fashion magazines, agonize about waist sizes, and gaze longingly at objects of desire." --Houston Chronicle
From the Trade Paperback edition.
|1||Introduction: The Nature of Beauty||1|
|2||Beauty as Bait||29|
|Photos and Illustrations||311|
Posted May 31, 2008
This book is a great read. It was given to me by a woman my mother works for. She told me that her daughter had read it and found it fascinating, and a must read for any girl who has ever felt alientated by her beauty. She thought that because I was very pretty like her daughter, I might also enjoy it. This seemed strange at the time, but she was right. As a relatively attractive young woman growing up in a skin deep society, the book spoke to me. It addresses the reasons behind our obsession with appearance, where is originated, and why it is so persistent. The book makes our society's preoccupation with looks seem more like an inherited inevitability than a hurtful cultural flaw. If you're at all interested in the field of psychology this book provides great insight into the study of human behavior as it relates to the quest for beauty. It is at once a fun, light read and an insightful survey of human motives.
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Posted November 3, 2010
The title of this book caught my eye. As an avid non-fiction reader, I decided to pick it up.
Was hooked at the first chapter. The author makes a fun and fascinating read about how the beauty of others effects us. No boring facts and figures, but real life experiments that yield suprising results. I was shocked to learn how much someones appearance changes our own attitudes/reactions.
If you ever wanted to know why that guy that looks like Brad Pitt suddenly turns you into a bumbling idiot, you should read this!
Posted November 13, 2011
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