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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2010
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I came across this book while making a purchase of some Iceberg Slim books and was looking for something else with free shipping. Glad I chose it.

The black and white photos are shot with a sort of documentary style like a photographer who lives within an indigenous group after gaining their trust. The girls, Silky and his friends are shown as fashion plates of the time. Their apartments are shown as decorated with some of the most fashionable furniture of the time also. From the photos, you could never tell these were not people making an honest living working in the world of entertainment or fashion. Until you read the text.

Silky talks of his teen years getting older girls and young women to buy him clothes, shoes and giving him money. The girls talk about how well Silky treats them, the nice apartments, Christmas presents and the plans they have made for their futures with Silky. It's all very sad though. In one chapter, everyone is having a good time, going out to parties and enjoying themselves in the light of day. In the next chapter, everyone talks about being in jail, being on drugs, not getting to go home and see their families and having petty arguments with one another.

The book gives insight not only into the life, but into life in the 1970's in a metropolitan city. If you look at the movies and detective shows from the same time period, you can see Silky and the girls in the faces and stories of every pimp and prostitute.

Again, the black and white photography is beautiful. It's the lives beneath the photos that are so ugly.

Great book though.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Explore firsthand what it's like to be Silky the Pimp in the late 60's and early 70's. He collects fees from his women, dresses professionally and runs his stable like a Forbes 500 corporation. Through the book one thing is certain, pimping is not easy! He constantly has brushes with the law and manages issues with his women. The book educates the reader on the significance of Silky's lifestyle and how he ended up in the most difficult yet rewarding occupation.

The dialogue from the book is very comprehensive and there's a great possibility of you learning something from the "Gentleman of Leisure." The mentality of Silky and his women is written in the pages as well. In essence, the reader travels through time through vivid photos, dialogue and a brief run through of the pimp with a PhD in pimping- "The Gentleman of Leisure."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2013
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An amazing book! It captures the essence of the pimping-prostitution scene in the 1970's. It brings back so many memories from my life with my pimp and working the streets. Shopping, partying, going to movies. Petty squabbles between us women, all competing for the attentions of the same man. Riding down the street in his flashy car. Time moves on. The AIDS epidemic, gentrification of cities, and the internet have changed "the life" forever. My thanks to Bob and Susan for capturing this special time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
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Like J. Weston, I found this book when I was going through random categories looking for something interesting to fill the last 3.00 or so for free shipping. The book was published in 2002, I think, but the material is clearly 70s. What a bargain for the price. I couldn't put it down. I read it all in one sitting!

I grew up close enough to New York City that with my family, or friends, or on school trips, I went there. This was when going to a Broadway show or walking around Times Square wasn't quite the cleaned up experience it is now. I always, ALWAYS looked out the window for pimps and prostitutes. The city, the clothing, all of it - so different from my own affluent upbringing. So this book satisfied that "through the window" urge that glimpses through a real window never did.

The photography is natural, unposed; some pictures are raw, some sweet, but each one provides as much perception into Silky and his girls as their words do. There are no interviews, no commentary, no analysis; just narratives in first person. Each girl talks about herself, Silky, herself in relation to Silky, the other girls, the other girls and Silky, her work, what she likes and doesn't like, etc. Silky manages them all with deft psychological insight, but even with the manipulation and head games that keep them in line, he also genuinely cares for each of them. He describes himself as a natural-born pimp, and I was stunned to learn how old he was the year the book was put together.

It was rather mind boggling to see a few pics taken of the girls on the street in their work clothes. Why? Because one of his girls was working dressed in a long-sleeved, crewneck sweater, pants, and low-heeled, open toe shoes. Really. And in an indoor pic she's wearing white, high-waisted underwear. No Victoria's Secret 30 years ago!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
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1 this book has excellent pictures, illustrating the text
2 great info on pimping and hoing
3 if you're interested in pimping I recommend reading this book
4 a lot of good advice on how to handle relationship problems
5 to pimp I recommend "how to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
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Again, (Amazon is forcing me to write a headline & write more about the book when "great" should suffice) - really annoying of Amazon) OK, it is an interesting book about about pimps and the women who work for them. It's from the 70's. The photography is awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
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Easy to read, not a real deep book on pimp game and an actual look at how men and women behave. Also shows how vunerable pimps can be as well.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2011
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I origanally bought this in the late 70's,paperback version.This hardcover version is 100 times better quality.As far as the content,not only will your readers find real pimping in it they will see human beings who are just living their life to the fullest.I also repurchased this book after so many years because I didn,t relize it then in the early 70,s that not only could a husler learn to pimp or at least get enought info to get started but even if one did not want to do that It contains info on how to understand,get have women,with out becoming a sucker and/or square and end up not only becoming unhappy in a relationship but possiblly swindle out of your possions.Because its the pimp mindset that will help men to have great relations with women,yes more than one at a time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
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this is a GREAT book. There is no commentary and the interview questions aren't visible. It is like each character has a series of monologues or diary entries. They don't frame the info whatsoever and tell you how to think of it. Everything is the raw characters and you are left to make your own judgments and conclusions. These were also very highend prostitutes. I know that is a funny thing to say, but what I mean is, they aren't the kind running around doing crack with STDs. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!! SO fascinating to step inside their minds and worlds.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
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This book is very interesting. Lots of color pictures and interesting characters through out the book. Interesting lifestyle, scary but real.
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