At nearly 80 years old, Wonder Woman has been an icon of womanly strength since the early days of feminism. The Secret History of Wonder Woman explores the many ways that this beloved super heroine has reflected—and challenged—cultural ideals of feminine beauty, sexuality, and power since her creation in 1941. The book also explores the life story of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who led a fascinating life of scholarship, idealism, and nonconformity.
Jill Lepore is a professor of history at Harvard University and a regular writer for the New Yorker. Her recent publications include the book These Truths: A History of the United States, and This America: The Case for the Nation (W. W. Norton), and the New Yorker article “Does Journalism Have a Future?”