Dirty, Dirty, Dirty!

Dirty, Dirty, Dirty!

Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers : An American Tale of Sex and Wonder

Book - 2011
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"A wild and uncompromising history of four infamous magazines and the outlaws behind them, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! is the first book to rip the sheet off of the sleazy myth-making machine of Hugh Hefner and Playboy, and reveal the doomed history of Hefner{u2019}s arch rival, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, whose messiah complex and heedless spending {u2014} on a legendary flop of a movie paid for with bags of cash, a porn magazine for women, and a pie-in-the sky scheme for a portable nuclear reactor {u2014}fueled the greatest riches to rags story ever told. The adventure begins in the early 1950s and rips through the tumultuous {u2019}60s and {u2019}70s {u2014}when Hustler{u2019}s Larry Flynt and Screw{u2019}s Al Goldstein were arrested dozens of times, recklessly pushing the boundaries of free speech, attacking politicians, and putting unapologetic filth front and center {u2014} through the 1990s when a sexed-up culture high on the Internet finally killed the era when men looked for satisfaction in the centerfold. As America goes, so goes it{u2019}s porn." --Publisher description.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Soft Skull Press, c2011
Description: 324 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781593762841
Branch Call Number: 051.081 Edi


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Apr 21, 2015

This was a most seriously fascinating book by a talented [and most humorous] writer, giving not only a snapshot of recent American socio-political history, but a really entertaining book. Learned a great deal about things I wasn't sure would be interesting! [My only one quibble with the author, on pp. 255-256, was describing Bill Clinton as almost-Kennedy-esque! Puuuhhlease! Clinton? A draft-dodging socially mobile hick from Hopeless, Arkansas?]

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