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You’ve seen the movie, and you may have even read the comic book, but the true origins of the Wonder Woman franchise are even more intense than you could imagine—and way before her time.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by New Yorker writer Jill Lepore uncovers the creation of Wonder Woman as a comic book, and in some circles, feminist icon. Did you know creator William Moulton Marston had personal ties to Margaret Sanger, a pioneer for birth control? Oddly enough, Marston also invented the first polygraph machine, which might explain Diana Prince’s lie-detecting lasso.
These facts and other secrets are revealed in this dense and addicting tome. Inside, you’ll find Marston’s never-bef0re-seen private papers, which document his lifelong influence by suffragists and feminists. And like the perfect comic book, there are more than 160 illustrations that help Wonder Woman’s story jump off the page.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.