A Brief History of Misogyny: the World's Oldest Prejudice

  • by Jack Holland
  • Narrated by Cameron Stewart
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this compelling, powerful book, highly respected writer and commentator Jack Holland sets out to answer a daunting question: How do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history? The result takes the listener on an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents, and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes to women.
Encompassing the Church, witch hunts, sexual theory, Nazism and pro-life campaigners, we arrive at today's developing world, where women are increasingly and disproportionately at risk because of radicalised religious belief, famine, war and disease. Well-informed and researched, highly readable and thought-provoking, this is no outmoded feminist polemic: It's a refreshingly straightforward investigation into an ancient, pervasive, and enduring injustice. It deals with the fundamentals of human existence - sex, love, violence - that have shaped the lives of humans throughout history.
The answer? It's time to recognize that the treatment of women amounts to nothing less than an abuse of human rights on an unthinkable scale. A Brief History of Misogyny is an important and timely book that will make a long-lasting contribution to the efforts to improve those rights throughout the world.
Jack Holland was a highly respected author and journalist known particularly for his commentary about Northern Irish politics. He grew up in Belfast (where he was taught by Seamus Heaney) and worked with Jeremy Paxman and other outstanding journalists at BBC Belfast during a period of seminal current affairs programming. Jack published four novels and seven works of non-fiction, most of the latter having to do with politics and terrorism in Northern Ireland, including the best-selling Phoenix. Sadly, Jack died of cancer in 2004, just after the manuscript of Misogyny had been delivered and accepted by his US publisher. On his death, his family received letters of respect from statesmen including Ted Kennedy and Hilary Clinton, who had come to rely on his balanced analysis of Irish politics.


What the Critics Say

"Jack Holland's Misogyny, an invaluable addition...meticuously researched and briskly related." (Sunday Times,)


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Customer Reviews

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compulsory read.

What did you like most about A Brief History of Misogyny?

it brought to light the monstrous injustices woman have suffered over the last 2500 years

What did you like best about this story?

i liked that despite being relatively well read. i was unaware of most of these facts

What about Cameron Stewart’s performance did you like?

clear and intelligent narration

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- keiran

A dissection of female oppression

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Brief History of Misogyny?

The investigation into the treatment of women during the time of Ancient Greece which revealed the surprisingly relative freedom of the Spartan women compared with their Athenian sisters!

What does Cameron Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Cameron Stewart's narration is excellent as his voice is warm and really brings the story to life.

Any additional comments?

This book is one of the best I have read about the treatment of women throughout the ages and one of the author's main contentions that societies where men largely outnumber women leads to increased oppression is very convincing. The investigation covers a vast range of historical, cultural and religious attitudes towards women which is most impressive and it is refreshing that this book was written by a man. The introduction concerning the author is extremely moving.

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- iris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-01-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios