“Although the stuff of fairy tale—penniless immigrant factory worker marries old-money millionaire, then uses her fortune and influence to fight for the laboring classes—the story Adam Hochschild tells in Rebel Cinderella is as taut and true as a well-tuned violin. Rose Pastor Stokes comes alive as a woman of passionate conviction and rare imaginative power, restored by Hochschild to her rightful place in the history of America’s rise to world prominence in the first decades of the twentieth century.”
––Megan Marshall, author of Elizabeth Bishop
“Through the lens of a remarkable marriage, Adam Hochschild draws a vivid portrait of the Gilded Age – of immigrants, sweatshops, tenements, strikes, enclaves of patrician privilege, and a ‘citadel of socialism’ on a private island. At the center of it all is Rose, whose extraordinary story ends as anything but a fairy tale.”
––Jean Strouse, author of Morgan: American Financier
“Adam Hochschild recounts the incredible story of Rose Pastor Stokes, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe who toiled in a cigar factory, met and married a rich socialite, and became an infamous socialist firebrand. The book is chock-full of fascinating characters and stories, with Stokes and her comrades often recounting their dramatic lives in their own words."
––Tyler Anbinder, author of City of Dreams
“Lucidly written and painstakingly researched, this is a joy to read, cementing Pastor in her rightful place with other progressive figures of the time.”
––Library Journal, starred review
“Hochschild’s captivating and fast-paced biography is a true delight and an excellent addition to women’s history shelves.”
“Polished and accessible . . . few histories capture the era’s combustible mix of idealism and inequality better.”
“Adam Hochschild writes movingly about an unlikely pair who also served as a potent symbol . . . Hochschild is a superb writer who makes light work of heavy subjects . . . Where information is scant or nonexistent, he deploys elegant workarounds that evoke a vivid sense of time and place . . . Hochschild’s book shows us what a radical movement looked like from the inside, with all of its high-flown idealism and personal intrigues. Whatever protections we take for granted once seemed unfathomable before they became real.”
––New York Times
"This vibrant biography portrays the riveting charisma of the socialist activist Rose Pastor Stokes . . . Hochschild captures the improbability and idealism of both Pastor Stokes and her era, a time when it seemed that stark divisions of class, race, and gender might be erased, in an instant, by love."
––The New Yorker
“Adam Hochschild is among the most readable of historians . . . Hochschild has done a brilliant job of bringing [the Stokes’ marriage] to life and in doing so, illuminating the complex social and economic history of a generation whose rabble-rousers and dreamers bequeathed us such reforms as Social Security, Medicare, child labor laws and the eight-hour day.”
“A thrilling book. Adam Hochschild is a wonderful writer with a social conscience.”
––Bill Goldstein, Weekend Today in New York, WNBC-TV
"Hochschild's historical account is both gripping and occasionally heartbreaking."
––Shelf Awareness for Readers
"A solidly researched and impressive biography."
––Los Angeles Review of Books
"A compelling read about a fascinating time in American history, one that bears some resemblance to today."