I found this book to be very enlightening yet drawn out in the same token. The first part of the study examines the business and recruitment practices of the industry. He also cites famous individuals and recounts their stories. It really enraged me to read about the practices that entrapped women into this industry as well as the lure of it due to the overwhelming lack of opportunities for a female in the strongly patriarchal society. In the middle, it meanders a bit and seemed redundant. He touches on the changes and how it played a part in the development of Georgian England but basically repeats points he had already made. The latter part examines the underlying attitudes that helped shape the industry which I would have liked to see a more in-depth analysis.