On Blondes

On Blondes

3.35 (99 ratings by Goodreads)
  • Hardback
By (author) 

List price: US$18.37

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


In art and literature, in history and popular culture, blonde has never been a mere colour. For two-and-a-half thousand years, it has been a blazing signal in code, signifying beauty, power and status. To feed this obsession entire industries have developed, influential trends set. From Greek prostitutes mimicking the golden-haired Aphrodite, to the Californian beach babe; from pigeon-dung and saffron dyes to L'Oreal - because you're worth it - we see the lengths to which women will go to become blonde. The power and duality of the blonde as either erotic symbol or saintly virgin waxes and wanes but never disappears. By looking at the world through the prism of what it is to be blonde, or make oneself blonde, we are drawn into an intriguing portrait of the world. Why is it that blondes rose to prominence in Hollywood and Nazi Germany at the same time? Why do young Japanese women today want to be blonde? Weaving a story rich in anecdote, history and high intrigue, Joanna Pitman effortlessly combines the wealth of her knowledge with a sharp and clear-sighted view of the power of the blonde throughout the ages.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 136 x 198 x 36mm | 498.96g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0747560765
  • 9780747560760
  • 1,565,651

Review quote

"An engaging and dishy read, "On Blondes will have power-hungry brunettes reaching for the peroxide." -"Entertainment Weekly "Blondes aren't stupid. Hillary Clinton runs New York, Madonna heads the music industry and Diane Sawyer is ABC's Everywoman. Is hair color a coincidence? Not likely." -"Playboy "Ms. Pitman... draws interesting parallels between the Nazis' adulation of the blond, the Soviet Union's promotion of the dynamic blond ideal, and 'the development of a radiantly sunlit blond American ideal, the WASP American dream.'" -"New York Times "Pitman's engaging style only highlights the appeal of this combination of history, folklore, and shrewd cultural commentary." -"Booklist
show more

About Joanna Pitman

Joanna Pitman read Japanese at Cambridge University and was Tokyo correspondent for The Times from 1990-1994. She is now the photography critic for The Times. This is her first book. She lives in London with her family.
show more

Rating details

99 ratings
3.35 out of 5 stars
5 16% (16)
4 24% (24)
3 42% (42)
2 13% (13)
1 4% (4)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X