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America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation
Elaine Tyler May. Basic, $25.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-465-01152-0
University of Minnesota historian May hits pay dirt with this brief but lively history of oral contraceptives on the 50th anniversary of "the pill." She places the pill in its historical context: coming in the middle of the baby boom, it helped fuel a nascent sexual revolution, a growing youth culture that challenged authority, and feminism. Drawing on an Internet survey she conducted, May offers a treasure trove of stories about a …