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Rape of the A. P. E. (American Puritan Ethic : The Official History of the Sex Revolution, 1945-1973 : The Obscening of America, an R. S. V. P.) Hardcover – September, 1973


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  • Series: American Putian Ethic : the Official History of the Sex Revolution, 1945-1973 : the Obscening of America, An R. S. V. P.
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T) (September 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671162519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671162511
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is laugh-out-loud funny.
Jim Sullivan
Every time I read any historical text, I cross reference how the morals of the church have shackled us from enjoying some of God's greatest creations, including sex.
John N! Swegan (swiggy@chatnet.com)
I was happy to see that this used book was in such excellent shape.
nono

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Like many other reviewers, I originally read this book in my youth. As a matter of fact, I took the "Government Man" chapter of the book and performed it as my piece for high school speech tournaments. Needless to say, the judges were quite confused. I agree with the reviewer who said that the book will sprout legs and walk away; in my case I owned a mint condition paperback that mysteriously disappeared. I too have searched in vain to find another copy of this masterpiece of American humorous literature. If and when this book is found, you should buy at almost any price. This is the type of rare gem that should be keot under lock and key -- In fact, it should be left to your favorite person as an heirloom in your Last Will and Testament. Allan Sherman uses all of the wit that he mustered for his classic "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" and then some. This look at the sexual evolution/revolution in America is timeless as well as ingenius. I'm only sorry that Mr. Sherman did not live longer to share more works with us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was an 18 year old, away with friends camping in the summer of '75. About four days into the trip, we were bored of the night life in the area so we would read at night. One girl in the group had a book that she couldn't put down. The book was "The Rape of the A.P.E.". At first she read us exerpts from it, but in the end she read the entire book to us. At the end of the trip, each of us had purchased his or her own copy. In the ensuing years, I purchased, loaned out and lost 17 copies of this book. My father , a NYC policeman, lost 3 copies to coworkers. I now possess my only hard cover copy and wouldn't lend it to the Pope. It is a book about the American Sexual Revolution. Allen Sherman gives one man an elongated lifespan of 100,000 years to see where we went wrong. It is funny, educational and thought prevoking. I hope someone has the insight to put it back into print. I would be interesting to see how the author would interpet the disco scene of the seventies, AIDS , as well as things today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first read the Rape of the A*P*E* at the tender age of about 15, living in NYC, when it's content seemed that perfect blend of the hilarious and the profound. Come to think of it, the content would play the same today, some 25 years later. (An avid reader), it was the only book I found worthy at that age, of which to make a gift to another sophomore. The passing years have dimmed my memory of the particulars, so I have been especially anxious to re-read it. So glad to find fellow aficionados! Needless to say, my copy has long since disappeared to the netherworld of all loaned texts and not another is to be found anywhere, unless we continue to collectively petition the publisher to jump on the bandwagon. I loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Beyond any doubt, this is one of the funniest, hilarious, profound, thought provoking, enjoyable, profane, irreverent, and just plane good books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It probably ranks as not "one of the," but as "the." Allen Sherman has written the history of the sexual revolution in America from 1945 to 1973, although his history covers much more ground than that. By the way, A.P.E. stands for "American Puritan Ethic." This history covers sex, from Neolithic times, up until it was published in the early 1970s. I bought my first copy soon after the paperback version was published in 1975, having lost (actually, it was stolen by my swine of a room mate, for which I will never forgive him, and hope to find someday in a dark ally) my original hardcover edition which was given to me as a present from my parents. I have since gone through five copies of the soft cover, each in turn, being "borrowed" and never returned.

Anyway, Sherman, in this one of a kind work, covers so much more that sex. Politics, morals, literature, movies, T.V. the military, religion and so much more, just scratch the surface. This is the sort of book that will have you laughing so hard that your sides will split; yes, they will actually be sore, and asking yourself questions such as "did I just read what I think I read?" The author has chosen a guy who is about 100,000 years old to tell this tale and uses him to find just where everything went out of order, with we, the human race. Through his eyes we view history, for the most part, our sexual history, but that, i.e. sex, like most things is so interwoven with everything else that it takes a sharp eye to see where everything overlaps or does not, as the case may be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "cosmo30" on April 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My best friend found a dusty old copy of this book in a box in his parents' attic when we were kids. He read it and passed it on to me with the caveat, "If you don't have my book in hand, don't ever bother coming back." This was 15 years ago. My friend and I still quote passages from the book almost every time we see each other. I was fortunate to find a paperback version of the same book in a used bookstore some years ago. I paid $2.50 for it, although I would have gladly paid 100 times that price for this rare, insightful piece of art. This book is not for the "virgin ears" of the religious right. It fact, it gets downright raunchy at times. (One chapter is titled, "Short Chapter, Long Footnote." The "chapter" consists of one word -- f*ck.) I consider myself a well-read bibliophile, and this book is unquestionably my favorite.
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