On Blondes by Joanna Pitman

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"An engaging and dishy read, On Blondes will have power-hungry brunettes reaching for the peroxide." -Entertainment Weekly
In art and literature, in history and popular culture, blonde has never been a mere color. For two and a half thousand years, it has been a blazing signal in code, conferring beauty, power, and status. Weaving a story rich in drama, mystery, triumph, deception, disaster, and curiosity, Joanna Pitman effortlessly combines the wealth of her knowledge with a clear-sighted view of the power of the blonde through the ages.

About Joanna Pitman

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Joanna Pitman is the photography critic for the London Times and a features writer for the Times Magazine, where she also worked as Tokyo bureau chief from 1990 to 1994. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
Published December 18, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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On Blondes, by Joanna Pitman (Bloomsbury, £8.99) In 1957, Marilyn Monroe attended the premiere of George Axelrod's play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

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On Blondes by Joanna Pitman 256pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99 In the introduction to On Blondes - her first book - the journalist Joanna Pitman tells us that "blond hair is only now becoming an acceptable subject of serious scientific study".

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Publishers Weekly

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Pitman, a writer for the London Times, offers a history of the world as seen through abundant locks of magnificent blonde hair, from the ancient sexual power of Aphrodite to the California sun-streaked hair of Farrah Fawcett.

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Entertainment Weekly

) In her quirky first book, fair-haired London Times photography critic Pitman gets to the root of blond hair's power by chronicling history's most influential blondes and the measures that women -- from rumored towhead Cleopatra to ambitious blonde Madonna -- have taken to harness the power of ...

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Pitman takes us on a blonde history of the world.

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