This was given to me for Xmas, which was very exciting, as it is out of print! I would give this Five Stars for the photographs, which are truly stellar and Three Stars for the writing, which is so plodding and boring, compared to the wildly dynamic characters the author is writing about! It's quite an academic book and while many of the facts were interesting, I was much more emotionally moved by the images and copies of letters included in this book. If you are a fan of the women of this time period, then you should at least pick it up and stroll through the photos, but only true nerds will read the whole thing (and yes, I am a true nerd and I trudged through every date and list and footnote!).