Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream

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Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream

Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream

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The publisher played a crucial role in the sexual revolution that upended traditional notions of behavior and expectation regarding sex. And so it was in his publicly lead private life, complete with famous people, naked women (he was allowed to date other people, his girlfriends were not), and a home in the "Playboy mansion.

Still, there s plenty to enjoy here, from the factual wealth (Watts was granted access to the vast Playboy vaults and draws heavily on his subject s compulsively kept scrapbook collection) to the photographs aplenty (some offer revelatory glimpses; others give off the whiff of stale cheesecake) to the fundamental pleasures of watching a larger–than–life figure scuttle social norms and satisfy his own lavish urges. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The implicit claim of Watts′s admirable book is almost inarguable that it′s impossible to understand twentieth–century America without knowing the story of Henry Ford. He also has appeared in a variety of programs on CBS, NBC, CNBC, NPR, Fox, Fox News, C-Span, Bloomberg News, MSNBC, BBC, and Irish National Radio.

He is the author of four books, including The People′s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century and The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life. Granted unprecedented access to the man and his enterprise, Watts traces Hef's life and career from his midwestern, Methodist upbringing and the first publication of "Playboy" in 1953 through the turbulent sixties, self-indulgent seventies, reactionary eighties, and traditionalist nineties, up to the present. From his spectacular launch of "Playboy" magazine and the dizzying expansion of his leisure empire to his recent television hit "The Girls Next Door", the publisher has attracted public attention and controversy for decades. They have been reviewed in nearly every major newspaper and magazine in the United States, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Denver Post, USA Today, New Republic, Nation, Commentary, Atlantic, Harper’s, Economist, National Review, Reason, and many others. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Newark Star Ledger ) ""Like it or not, Hugh Hefner has affected all of us, so I treasured learning about how and why in the sober biography.

Watts evokes a time when Playboy was seen by its critics as a key symptom of decadence in American life, and is at his best when exploring his subject′s early years, showing how Hefner′s sexual and material ethic of self–fulfillment drove him to challenge the social conventions of postwar America. Although advocating women's sexual freedom and their liberation from traditional family constraints, the publisher became a whipping boy for feminists who viewed him as a prophet for a new kind of male domination. Martin's, 2016) offers a compelling new reading of the 35th president as a cultural figure in modern America. But, time and again, anyone who opposed Hefner or his viewpoints - and there were many, many such people - is depicted as misguided, malicious, downright evil, or even mentally ill.

Throughout this fascinating biography, Watts offers singular insights into the real man behind the flamboyant public persona. Choice Reviews , May 2009) "Just past the round rotating bed, beyond the hot-tub grotto but before the pajama-draped walk-in, lies … what? He proved instrumental-with his influential magazine, syndicated television shows, fashionable nightclubs, swanky resorts, and movie and musical projects-in making popular culture into a dominant force in many people''s lives. Granted unprecedented access to the man and his enterprise, Watts traces Hef's life and career from his midwestern, Methodist upbringing and the first publication of Playboy in 1953 through the turbulent sixties, self-indulgent seventies, reactionary eighties, and traditionalist nineties, up to the present.It is indeed the book they claim (Antique *Medical* Instruments, not Antique *Dental* Instruments like the image), and the condition was as described. Examining Playboy archives (Hef is something of a pack rat) and Hefner's own journals, Watts (History/Univ. Voice actor Porter effortlessly captures the full swing of events that led America to surpass the Soviet Union in the race to be the first country to orbit moon.



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