"Well researched, lively, and provocative. An insert explains thefour subfields of anthropology and plenty of photographs, maps, and facsimile documents provide background information. An extensive list of further reading."School Library Journal
"An engaging, informative account of the life and works of the influential, pioneering anthropologist... The reader-friendly prose is peppered with fascinating anecdotes and photos... An insightful, well-rounded profile that also introduces readers to the field of anthropology... An important lesson in cultural diversity."Booklist
"Mead's remarkable 50 years of work are retold in this inspiring biography...This study of Margaret Mead's life is critical to current social dialogue on how to promote tolerance and eliminate stereotypes between the races and sexes; perhaps Mark's work, already a great introduction to Mead's own writings, will become required reading for America's youth."Kirkus Reviews
"This engaging biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential women has the depth of detail needed to attract older readers, along with plenty of quotes and boxed enrichment sections."The Horn Book Guide
Gr 6-10-This science biography focuses on the life of one of America's greatest anthropologists. Mead was the right person in the right place at the right time in a newly emerging discipline, and she spent her life shaping the field. At 24, fresh from her studies with Franz Boas, Mead traveled alone to Samoa and emerged a year later with the landmark coming-of-age study that would bring her fame. Mark begins this title with a frank discussion of her subject's childhood and those who influenced her. Anecdotes and Mead's personal letters and writings ensure that her personality and dedication to her work come through. The author recounts several adventurous research trips, a lifetime of lectures and writing, and a decidedly unconventional personal life. Mead's opinions and life style, including her three marriages, are discussed as is the controversy over the conclusions she formulated from her research. Although little is directly documented, the book is well researched, lively, and provocative. An insert explains the four subfields of anthropology and plenty of photographs, maps, and facsimile documents provide background information. An extensive list for further reading suggests material by and about Mead for those who wish to learn more about one of the most influential women of this century.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
Mead's remarkable 50 years of work in the field of anthropology are retold in this inspiring biography in the Oxford Portraits in Science series.