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Around the World in 80 Lays: Adventures in Sex Travel Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 5, 2009

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"Joe Diamond is the Gulliver of sex travels." —Larry Flynt

"I've never been to Rio, but if I went I wouldn't be caught dead going there without Joe's book." —Ron Jeremy

"A male travelogue of sorts . . . takes readers to brothels and other sex destinations around the globe, including Brazil, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic." —Publisher's Weekly

"Full of adventures as a sex tourist . . . anecdotes, tips, and no small share of hearbreak." —Fleshbot.com
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joe Diamond is currently a writer for Playboy TV's new travel series Sexy Things to Do Before You Die. Since 2003, Diamond has been a steady contributor to men's magazines, including Maxim, Hustler, Club, Fox, and Oui, for which he wrote a monthly column, "Adventures of an Average Joe." He has also written for the New York Daily News, TV Guide, The New York Post, and Newsday.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392870
  • ASIN: B0044KMQQ8
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I went to Jr. High with the author and was surprised to learn he wrote a book about sex tourism. When I knew him he was a shy, goofy kid, not the kind that would grow up and have crazy encounters with Brazilian prostitutes and American porn stars.

As the title suggests, the book has anecdotes that would make Howard Stern blush. One girl threatens to slice off Joe's manhood if he doesn't do her immediately, while another runs out of his hotel room with his money, causing him to chase her across a parking lot in his underwear. The book ties in these overseas capers with the author's experiences as a journalist covering the adult industry. Among his assignments was an especially juicy story with a porn starlet named Brittney Skye.

In addition to the racy stories, the book gives a sense of what some of the sex havens are like. In Brazil, "you'll find brothels in shopping malls, across the street from churces, and next door to banks." Let me explain that I have as little interest in having sex with South American hookers after reading the book as I did before, but I'm dying to go to Rio de Janeiro and see if it's really as wild as Joe describes it.

While I really enjoyed this book, at times the details seemed dry or overly "technical." Joe devotes a little too much space to the rules and regulations at some brothels. Also, I would have liked to know more about the women. How did they become sex workers? What happens to them afterwards? Maybe Joe can explore those questions in his next book.
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Format: Hardcover
The book is an effervescent account of "regular Joes" partying like rock
stars. Diamond writes with a zest and panache that I found irresistible. The
closest parallel I can think of is Neal Strauss's "The Game," another book
that indelibly captured a subculture of dedicated hedonists. The difference
is that the men in "Around the World in 80 Lays" "seduce" (if you can call
it that) with money.

What I really found intriguing, though, is how Diamond shatters
well-established myths. Amsterdam, for example, has long been considered
Europe's sex capital. But apparently Germany's the place to be. It's home to
a slew of "pay-one-price" brothels called "partytreffs" where "you can stay
as long as you want" and screw as many girls as you like (not to mention eat
and drink to your heart's content).
Diamond weaves fascinating historical facts into the book without sounding
like the History Channel. For example, he writes about a huge statue of a
prostitute in Germany meant to commemorate a medieval religious conference
where 1,500 courtesans were on hand to "serve the secular needs of the
attendees." He also shares juicy tidbits about the Nazis (and later the
communists) using hookers as bait to get foreign diplomats to spill secrets
during "pillow talk."

A sex traveler calling himself Jackyo reveals to Diamond that he's slept
with nearly 400 German prostitutes. He says some of Germany's brothels
aren't "for the fainthearted" because everyone has sex right out in the
open. One club erupts into hourly gang bangs. "The women would all find a
partner and the whole group would do it right there on the spot. If there
was a surplus of women, two of them would do one dude.
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The book, when dealing with the Brazil or Costa Rician areas offers interesting stories and insights into the lifestyle, because it gleens from perspectives from the actual author. If he'd gone around the world and spent extensive time in all the areas he touched on in the book and subsequently supplied the reader a truly comprehensive look at things, it would have been an excellent book. Instead, the book fell short when looking at eastern locals including thialnd and Europe. The author used third person accounts and quotes from webgroups rather than supplying tried and true personal experiences. Still, the early part of the book offered some nice perspective, was good reading, and worth the purchase.
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Format: Hardcover
Although at first glance, the title and premise seem cheesy, Diamond's reporting skills combined with a real sense of style and a surprising empathy make this book a compelling read even for someone who has no interest in "sex traveling." The reader gets a real feel for the locales and very diverse personalities Diamond comes across, some of whom are compelling and even moving. I look forward to his next book!
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By AWD on February 3, 2011
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To the authors credit, he pretty much warns you the that his book will suck, but if you've already purchased it, too late. In the intro he writes something to the effect of "although the title says around the WORLD in 80 lays, most of my reference's will be from South America, but I will include stories from others as well." The first 60% of his book is personal stories from Brazil, Rio specifically, and the rest is just 1 story per country (Thailand, Germany, Czech Rep), from a couple of guys he met on the internet. The book should be called "my pathetic adventures in Brazil and a couple of stories I heard from other guys." The only informative part of the book is the index, where he lists the websites that he copies all his stories from, and honestly if you're reading this book, you've probably already been to those sites. Huge waste of money.
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