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Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date September 1, 1997
Pages 653
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679758761
ISBN-10 0679758763
Dimensions 1.25 by 5 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
Summaries and Reviews
A pioneering theory of the significance of birth order assesses the impact of family dynamics on personality and the human character, assessing the family in terms of an ecosystem in which siblings compete for parental resources and attention. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. Tour. NYT. description: Product Description: A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"An important and valuable study that will define research agendas for years to come. It is also hugely fun to read."
--Boston Globe

Why do people raised in the same families often differ more dramatically in personality than those from different families? What made Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and Voltaire uniquely suited to challenge the conventional wisdom of their times? This pioneering inquiry into the significance of birth order answers both these questions with a conceptual boldness that has made critics compare it with the work of Freud and of Darwin himself.    


Frank J. Sulloway envisions families as ecosystems in which siblings compete for parental favor by occupying specialized niches.  Combing through thousands of biographies in politics, science, and religion, he demonstrates that firstborn children are more likely to identify with authority whereas their younger siblings are predisposed to rise against it. Family dynamics, Sulloway concludes, is a primary engine of historical change. Elegantly written, masterfully researched, Born to Rebel is a grand achievement that has galvanized historians and social scientists and will fascinate anyone who has ever pondered the enigma of human character.    


"Daring . . . a stunning achievement. "    

--The New York Times Book Review

1 edition from Pantheon Books (November 1, 1996)
9780679442325 | details & prices | 653 pages | 6.50 × 10.00 × 2.00 in. | 2.35 lbs | List price $30.00
About: A study of the influence of birth order on personality and the long-term ramifications of sibling competition sheds new light on the evolution of personality, family dynamics, human behavior, and historical change
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (September 1, 1997)
9780679758761 | details & prices | 653 pages | 5.00 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $19.95
About: A theory of the significance of birth order assesses the impact of family dynamics on personality and the human character in terms of sibling competition
from Diane Pub Co (January 1, 1996)
9780788196775 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 2.05 lbs | List price $25.00

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