Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

Good and Mad

From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only poli...

Details Good and Mad

TitleGood and Mad
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Politics, History, Womens

Reviews Good and Mad

  • Bill Kerwin
    It is rare, but occasionally, just the right book, written by just the right person, will be published at just the right time. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (2015), released near the height of BlackLivesMatter, is a good example of a “just right” book; Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad: the Revolutionary Power of Women (2018), released five days after Dr. Blasey-Ford’s testimony—and four days before Justice Kavanaugh’s co...
  • Michael
    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog.A meditation on the history of women’s rage in America, Good and Mad charts the rise of the #MeToo movement following the election of an openly racist and sexist candidate in 2016. Rebecca Traister begins by examining the ways in which white male anger dominated the 2016 election, and she ends by considering the consequences of a social movement that takes seriousl...
  • Steve
    Powerful, important, mind-opening stuff, that's well worth reading.(I'm not holding my breath, but) I hope the book sells like hotcakes and becomes a popular manifesto for "woke" women activists, candidates, advocates, volunteers, and leaders ... and girls ... and parents and teachers and spouses and mentors and writers and siblings and friends and role models ( ... and, yes, men too).It's not an easy read. In fact, it's the opposite, because it ...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Let me tell you how I started reading Good and Mad from Rebecca Traister. I was watching Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I was also on Twitter, because I wanted to experience this momentous hearing with other people, even though I was on my recliner recovering from surgery.Chris Hayes started tweeting about this book with Ezra Klein. They were both reading advance copies, and felt it was incredibly relevan...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Good and Mad was illuminating, even for someone (like me) who considers herself reasonably well-read on feminist issues. Inspired, obviously, by women's anger in the aftermath of Trump's election, the book delves into other times when women's anger has resulted in massive change (abolition, votes for women, second-wave feminism) and rightfully identifies it as patriotic and in fact emblematic of the values on which the U.S. was founded—despite ...
  • Corrie
    I devoured this. Traister has done it again. (If you haven't read All the Single Ladies, you need to go read it right now.) A mixture of personal narrative, history, journalism and feminist critique, pick this up if you've found yourself angry at some point over the past two years, two decades or really, the last two millennia... (Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC)
  • E.B.
    FUCK. YES.
  • Holly
    Rebecca Traister has done it. She's written a book that had me nearly sobbing with frustration as she methodically dredged up every injustice that has knocked the wind out of me over the past two years - no, the past forty years - , that had me worrying that she would leave me spluttering with helpless anger and reawakened grief. And her book, became, by the conclusion, something that left me feeling newly empowered and reluctant to transmute my ...
  • Eilonwy
    Recommended: A) For people who understand exactly why women are angryand B) For people who just can't understand why women are angry.
  • Robyn Hammontree
    I finished this book on my lunch break, and I don't think I've ever needed a book more in my life. I read a lot of books, y'all. I would give this one 10 out of 5 stars if I could. It is spectacular. It is liberating. It is validating. It is important. It is among those very few books about which I will say, "Everyone needs to read this. Now." So please, please, please: if you are a woman, or a human who loves women, or a person who cares about t...
  • Heather
    An extremely concise and comprehensive look at the #metoo movement and the reawakening of feminist anger and the revolutionary period we are in. I especially like her responses to those who counter that the movement is too radical and irrational. Very optimistic ending(obviously would have liked an extra chapter on the Kavanaugh confirmation and her opinion on its effect on movement) much needed in these times on the cumulative advances created b...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    3.5. There is a lot here that is fascinating: the history of women's anger through angles such as cursing, crying, and humor/snark; insightful looks at women I knew of but not about (Maxine Waters, Pat Schroeder, Barbara Boxer); and the last 50 pages that look to the current activist moment and the future. If you're someone that is politically aware, who watches and reads the news, a lot of it was a recap of the past two years (the election, #MeT...
  • Tara Brabazon
    This is it. This is the one. If you think that the injustices, the groping, the abuse, the disrespect, the marginalization, the slander and the daily inconveniences of inequality were and are an individual problem, then you need to read this book.Women - angry women - read this book. Get angrier. Do something.Men - if you are ready for some reflection, some self-assessment and consideration of your behaviour at work, in bars, on the streets, in c...
  • Nadine Jones
    The election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton for the presidency of the United States in 2016 may have felt like a stinging, agonizing shock to many of us who lived through it. But in the context of American history, it should have been wholly unsurprising. In the wake of a challenge to white supremacy, in the form of two Obama administrations, racism won. Over the threat of a potential female leader, brutal masculinity won. I thought this wo...
  • Sarah
    Well this was brilliant. Will try to get some thoughts up at the weekend!
  • Madelon
    The title of this book, GOOD AND MAD, drew my attention like a moth to a flame. Yes, my name is Madelon, and I answer happily to Maddy, but more often than not I hear "Hey, Mad." I have embraced the moniker as a statement of who I am and not necessarily my emotional state. And, I have been called an 'angry little woman.' How could I not read this book?Women have been trained for centuries (maybe even millennia) to suppress anger and rage. Who is ...
  • Melissa
    From Seneca Falls to The Woman’s March to today, the only thing that has changed society is people who are “Good and Mad” and not going to take it anymore. This book could not be more timely and on point. Rebecca Traister has again managed to tap directly into the current moment and laid out not only the bizarro world and surreal times we currently find ourselves in, but gives great insight into how gender politics have played into how we g...
  • Bryan Craig
    In this great book, Traister talks about how rage is vital to the women's movement. Rage is channeled to social justice and she moves away from the stigma that rage has in public life. Specifically, she knows that there is a double standard that men can express anger and it is accepted, but if women do it, then it's "shrill" and "ugly" and "crazy." So, Traister sketches out key women activists who took their anger and moved forward. I thought the...
  • Ngiste
    This was incredibly cathartic and restoring to listen to. The overarching discussion of women’s anger in American history and America today put my own experience into the broader context. This book gave words and validation that shows how anger is what drives political change. Two recurring themes about anger were 1) how voicing anger helped women find communities, speaking about injustice meant women connected and found they didn’t have to s...
  • Mara
    This was a spirited defense of women's anger -- secondarily as something emotionally healthy (which is seems to be the usual focus for this type of book), but primarily as a CONSTRUCTIVE political force in American life. Traister persuasively argues that attempts at quelling or suppressing female anger is not only a manifestation of patriarchal BS from individuals trying to control the women in their lives, but also a larger, more insidious impul...
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  • Kari
    I tore through this. I loved it - kept reading things to my husband that resonated (and that I knew he would recognize in me) and I cried a lot. There were so many recent things that I hoped would be included (like Nanette!) and then they were and I was delighted every time. I felt so deeply as I was reading it that these were pieces of history I should have been taught as a young girl, about all these brave and angry women who have made change i...
  • Laura L
    This is a vital book. The timing, of course, couldn't be better for a book that pulls together history and culture and current events and psychology into a exploration of anger as a force for change.I devoured this book, I had purchased a copy of the audiobook and within and hour of listening I went to my independent bookstore (shout out Queen Anne Book Co) and bought a copy so that I could highlight passages and take notes.Traister is able to pu...
  • Paul
    An eminently timely exploration of female anger throughout history and in the present moment, post-2016. Traister is simply the best writer covering the feminism beat in the United States today; she has a gift for clear, lucid writing that nevertheless conveys passion and, when needed, strong emotion. Good and Mad is strongest when detailing the rise of the Women's March and #metoo movements; Traister mixes first-hand accounts, original reporting...
  • Elizabeth
    I can't recommend this enough. Just read it. Read it today and then let your anger power your forward to demand equality and justice. To overthrow the patriarchy and make our country better.
  • Dominique
    Fan-fucking-tastic.Started off a little repetitive, but once Traister acknowledged Senator McConnell's "performative dickishness" it really hit its stride. If you need permission to be pissed off, pick up this book. If you're already pissed off, pick up this book.
  • Emily
    Absolutely incredible. A comprehensive history of the moment, of the movement- with biting one-liners that will get you thinking and leave you angry. But in the very best way.
  • Mehrsa
    This is the exact book I needed to read at this exact moment (right after the Kavanaugh hearings). I would have read it anyway because I had pre-ordered it as soon as it became available, but I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough. And it did hit the spot. Not fully—I do have some complaints, but they are minor.What I love about the book is that it reframed the conventional wisdom on the utility of anger. I liked Nussbaum’s book, which T...
  • Lisa
    Traister has written a timely, powerful, and amazing book that should be mandatory reading. It gave me lots of food for thought and an understanding of how I am in the world.