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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780806527741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806527741
  • ASIN: 0806527749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Journalist and former syndicated columnist Mike McGrady (Newsday, Los Angeles Times) has written many books, and he was the chief catalyst for the bestselling novel Naked Came the Stranger.

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I read this book in less than 2 days, couldnt put it down!
Cari
Anyone who wants to know what this industry can really be like - should read her stories.
J. Williams
Truly amazing she was able to survive and rebuild her life.
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on July 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm an ex-sex worker. I now belong to Sex Workers Anonymous. I've lived this industry and I know the crowd Linda spoke about in her books. She had the courage to write about what wasn't just her experiences - but also many of ours experiences - but we go off into hiding and fear once we leave rather then speak out like she did knowing what it could and did cost her. I watched while people who knew nothing of this industry attacked her for speaking out about this industry doing what men do - always blame the woman/victim. Speaking out about what really goes on in this world affected her health deeply from the stress and contributed to her early death I'm sure. She's not the only one who had lasting health problems to deal with after having left the sex industry though no fault of her own. In America - a man can go to jail for raping his wife - but not for raping a sex worker. What people don't realize is that many of these men, women and children are living out Linda's story - they can't get out without fear of themselves being killed or their family members. I knew a pimp once who would hold a woman's child hostage until she came back each night with "his" money. One night she got arrested and wasn't able to come home on time. The pimp cut off the left arm of this six year old girl. Anyone who thinks you can't be held in this business against your will - obviously hasn't been there and should shut up about something they know nothing about. I consider Linda a martyr for taking all the guff she took to tell our stories and to try to enlighten people about what goes on every day - but we don't have the guts to tell about our stories ourselves. Anyone who wants to know what this industry can really be like - should read her stories.Read more ›
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Linda Lovelace's third book (and the first to be directly quoted from her, instead of other sources) unwinds a horror tale of abuse at the hands of her crudely ambitious husband, Chuck Traynor. Chuck appeared at a time in Linda's life when she was feeling restricted by her parents at age 21, and had a poor self-image. She lapped up his flattery and "star treatment" at first, since he seemed to be an "important businessman". Later, his behavior was straight out of a "cult recruits" manual: get girl to rebel against her parents, remove her (symbolic) umbilical cord, then attach your own cord and make her your love slave. After this, Chuck's methods went from pouring on the charm to veiled threats to outright abuse (classic pimp profile). Linda relays nightmarish stories in which she was regularly subjected to rape, prositution and physical pain. One day, Chuck just happened to trot her out to another crudely ambitious filmmaker, who was fascinated by Linda's talent for oral sex. The movie "Deep Throat" was born, and the rest, as they say, was history. Linda maintains that she never had the strength or courage to leave Chuck until all of these celebrities (like Hugh Hefner and Sammy Davis, Jr.) became part of her life, and in effect, took away some of Chuck's power over her.
Some skeptics have suggested that Linda's book is a potboiler to make money now that she can't get any more pornography work (because of her age). There are certainly sections that I felt Linda could have elaborated on, such as her getting pregnant as a young adult, and giving up her baby for adoption.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Amy Green on February 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am going to defend Linda Lovelace against those reviewers here who really don't believe her story by quoting from the groundbreaking psychotherapy book "Trauma and Recovery" by Judith Herman:

"Most people have no knowledge or understanding of the psychological changes of captivity. Social judgment of chronically traumatized people therefore tends to be extremely harsh. The chronically abused person's apparent helplessness and passivity, her entrapment in the past, her intractable depression... and her smoldering anger often frustrate the people closest to her. Moreover, if she has been coerced into betrayal of relationships, community loyalties, or moral values, she is frequently subjected to furious condemnation.

"Observers who have never experienced prolonged terror and who have no understanding of coercive methods of control presume that they would show greater courage and resistance than the victim in similar circumstances. Hence the common tendency to account for the victim's behavior by seeking flaws in her personality or moral character."

So, think hard before you judge her.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It took me five months after Ms. Linda Boreman's (Linda Lovelace) death in April 2002 to get a ratty paperback copy of Ordeal. Not only does Linda describe her descent into becoming a Porn Star, but also her dealings with her abusive boyfriend turned pimp turned husband turned porn actress agent. Although Linda speaks out against the porn industry, it is largely ignored for what it really is, a case study on abusive partnerships. The story is believable because Linda falls into the pattern of an abusive relationship. The abuse was taken to a sick extreme by her husband. It just so happens that her husband was into extreme sex acts and took a great amount of joy seeing Linda in pain. This is not much different than any other abusive relationship. There is a demension to this book that people are not connecting with. It is anti-porn. It is also about violence against women.
One side note, this book is extremely graphic in its descriptions. Many of my friends could not get past some of the detail and did not finish reading it. Not for the light hearted.
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