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Wonder Woman’s origin story is more bonkers than you think

This incredible book shares it all.


Jaime Carrillo

Dot Recs

Published Jun 27, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 1:39 am CDT

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. 

The Secret History of Wonder Woman is available on Amazon, $13 for paperback, $10.99 for Kindle eBook.

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*First Published: Jun 27, 2017, 1:48 pm CDT