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Secret History of Wonder Woman
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Written by: Jill Lepore
Published: October 28, 2014
Length: 464 pages
ISBN: 0804173400

The Secret History of Wonder Woman 464-page book by Jill Lepore about Wonder Woman published in 2014. The book includes many black and white photos inset throughout the narrative, and 16 pages of color photos in the center.


  • Praise
  • Author Bio
  • The Splash Page
  • Part One: Veritas
    • Chapter 1: Is Harvard Afraid of Mrs. Pankhurst?
    • Chapter 2: The Amazonian Declaration of Independence
    • Chapter 3: Dr. Psycho
    • Chapter 4: Jack Kennard, Coward
    • Chapter 5: Mr. and Mrs. Martson
    • Chapter 6: The Experimental Life
    • Chapter 7: Machine Detects Liars, Traps Crooks
    • Chapter 8: Studies in Testimony
    • Chapter 9: Frye'd
  • Part Two: Family Circle
    • Chapter 10: Herland
    • Chapter 11: The Woman Rebel
    • Chapter 12: Woman and the New Race
    • Chapter 13: The Boyette
    • Chapter 14: The Baby Party
    • Chapter 15: Happiness in Marriage
    • Chapter 16: The Emotions of Normal People
    • Chapter 17: The Charlatan
    • Chapter 18: Venus With Us
    • Chapter 19: Fiction House
    • Chapter 20: The Duke of Deception
    • Chapter 21: Feminine Rule Declared Fact
  • Part Three: Paradise Island
    • Chapter 22: Suprema
    • Chapter 23: As Lovely as Aphrodite
    • Chapter 24: The Justice Society of America
    • Chapter 25: The Milk Swindle
    • Chapter 26: The Wonder Women of History
    • Chapter 27: Suffering Sappho!
    • Chapter 28: Superprof
    • Chapter 29: The Comic-Book Menace
    • Chapter 30: Love for All
  • Epilogue: Great Hera! I'm Back!
  • Afterword: The Hyde Detector
  • Sources and Acknowledgements
  • Comics Index
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Illustration Credits

Official description

Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history.

In Jill Lepore’s riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman’s story provides the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.

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