On Blondesby Joanna Pitman
In art and literature, in history and popular culture, blonde has never been a mere color. For two and a half thousand years, it has been a blazing signal in code, conferring beauty, power, and status. Weaving a story rich in/i>
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"An engaging and dishy read, On Blondes will have power-hungry brunettes reaching for the peroxide." -Entertainment Weekly
In art and literature, in history and popular culture, blonde has never been a mere color. For two and a half thousand years, it has been a blazing signal in code, conferring beauty, power, and status. Weaving a story rich in drama, mystery, triumph, deception, disaster, and curiosity, Joanna Pitman effortlessly combines the wealth of her knowledge with a clear-sighted view of the power of the blonde through the ages.
“An engaging and dishy read, On Blondes will have power-hungry brunettes reaching for the peroxide.” Entertainment Weekly
“Blondes aren't stupid. Hillary Clinton runs New York, Madonna heads the music industry and Diane Sawyer is ABC's Everywoman. Is hair color a coincidence? Not likely.” Playboy
“Ms. Pitman... draws interesting parallels between the Nazis' adulation of the blond, the Soviet Union's promotion of the dynamic blond ideal, and 'the development of a radiantly sunlit blond American ideal, the WASP American dream.'” New York Times
“Pitman's engaging style only highlights the appeal of this combination of history, folklore, and shrewd cultural commentary.” Booklist
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Meet the Author
Joanna Pitman is the photography critic for The London Times and a features writer for The Times Magazine, where she also worked as Tokyo bureau chief from 1990 to 1994. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
Joanna Pitman read Japanese at Cambridge University and was Tokyo correspondent for The Times from 1990-1994. She is now the photography critic for The Times. This is her first book. She lives in London with her family.
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I feel like this book is a campaign to tell women if you aren't blonde you are not going to make it. Iam a natural brunette & I do not care. I do not bleach nor color my hair blonde and I have no shame. Iam also a full italian. Regardless of what this author has to say about italians and brunettes Iam not ashamed! What is wrong with writer. Who allowed her to write books? Oh my god someone stop her and why does she know so much about the Nazi party? Can you say rascist? Thanks for infuriating me.. Ps. Marilyn Monroe was not a joke not was she created by men she was a real person.
Your mom. *he falls over laughing*
Can someone say racist? I was looking for a book that explained the complexities of blondness in our culture, instead I got over 200 pages of blonde is best. Pitman has no accurate findings or data about blondes throughout history just generalizations and things that might be true, things she cannot prove, and things she makes up to reinforce blonde superiority. Would thousands of ancient women gone to such great lengths to be like the blonde mythical i.e. make-believe figure Aphrodite. The best has to be that Cleopatra had to have been a blonde because she was beautiful, and we all know only blondes are beautiful. I am not saying that the author is a follower of the Nazi regime, but the only plausibly reason to write this book is to get the message out that if you are not white and blonde, there's no point in being alive.