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Shirtless!: The Hollywood Male Physique Hardcover – January 6, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789305089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789305084
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Pereira on January 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
One reviewer favorably referred to the "unique size" of this book, but that's what I find its greatest fault. The dimensions of the book are 10.52 x 6.58, resulting in photo after photo being divided at the spine; I found it extremely frustrating to see so many gorgeous faces and bodies compromised, so to speak, in this manner. Also, because of the book's dimensions, many photos are reduced to tiny inserts on the page.
All that said, there are too many fabulous photos here to write the book off. The pictures of Tab Hunter and Mark Damon alone are worth the price of admission. If only...
I would be willing to pay much much more for a larger, coffee table edition of Shirtless. As it stands, I'll still keep this horizontally-challenged offering on hand for anytime I feel like drooling.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Whether you're male or female, gay or straight, everyone will find something they like about this book. Donald F. Reuter, whom I still have not seen a picture of, has done some great work in preserving the Hollywood idols of past and present in his previous works "Heartthrob: A Hundred Years of Beautiful Men" and "Heavenly: A Hundred Years of Unforgettable Women". "Shirtless: The Hollywood Male Physique" is his third opus in this series of celebrity worship and captures the deft essence of the muscle-bound male torso that has sent the public into a manic frenzy of passion and adoration for the past 70-80 years. The real stand-outs are smooth hotties Paul Newman (pg. 155), Ryan O'Neal (pg. 11), Robert Mitchum (pg. 34), Clark Gable (inset, pg. 26) and Brendan Frasier (pg. 145), the in-bewteens Robert Conrad (pg. 84-5), Marlon Brando (pg. 42-3) and Hugh O'Brian (pg. 64-5) to the downright hairy hunks Burt Reynolds (pg. 104-5), Sean Connery (pg. 90-91; pg. 149), Clint Walker (pg. 86-7), Tom Selleck (pg. 127), and William Holden (pg. 44-5). There are, unfortuantely, several undeserving ommissions from this book as well: Patrick Duffy, Keanu Reeves, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Lucky Vanous (the famous bare-chested Diet Coke model), Patrick Stewart, Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Maxwell Caulfield, Viggo Mortensen, Sam Behrens (tv's SUNSET BEACH), Tom Cruise and most unforgivable of all... Robert Redford!!![...] Who would put together a book that celebrates the Hollywood Hunk in all his bare-chested glory and then leave out possibly the one sex symbol this side of Gable who's been sending gals swooning by the dozen for the past thirty-plus years?Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wesly Moore on January 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
You can tell from the cover photo of 50s beach icon Tab Hunter, still beautiful after all these years, that this book is something special. When you open to the frontispiece of sweetly innocent Sal Mineo, then turn to the double-page title spread picturing heart-stopping Johnathan Schaech suggestively straddling a Harley, you know you're in for quite a treat. Donald F. Reuter, author of Heartthrob: A Hundred Years of Beautiful Men, has done it again. He has, in fact, outdone himself.
There is something almost fetishist in our attraction to celebrities and our fascination with their beauty. Hollywood knows this and caters to it at every available opportunity. What better and more direct way to our wallets is there than through our collective libido? For proof of this, we need look no further than the past few seasons' crops of teen-dream flicks, all attempting to capitalize on our lust. From "Titanic" to "I Know What You Did Last Summer" to "Here On Earth" to "Dude, Where's My Car?" we are inundated with images of the faces and bodies of beautiful men-all to get us to plant our butts in theater seats and separate us from eight bucks. And it works...sometimes with huge success, others less so.
For the purposes of this volume, Reuter divides our celebrity history into decades, the Thirties through the Nineties, prefaced by a section on silent film stars. These photos of pre-Hayes Code film actors showing off their best assets are especially noteworthy. Bevies of beautiful men from each decade are featured in all their bare-chested glory. In the accompanying enjoyable and often catty commentary, Reuter examines the appeal of each celebrity hunk and analyzes changes in society and in our attitudes toward objectification and worship of the male body.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Hanssen on February 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I think there are enough men here to last a lifetime for everyone. If you like to see your men shirtless this is the book for you. Over 175 celebrity stars, actors, hunks, whatever you want to call them are here for your enjoyment. It's great that someone has finally brought together all the photos of these shirtless stars of past and present fame in one book. I rather enjoyed the comments made by author Donald Reuter throughout the book describing the photographs which helped to give the book a gay sensibility. As an added bonus it can serve as a reference book because all the stars dates of birth are given and regretfully the dates of those that have passed on.
From the very attractive cover design to the unique size of the book, this is one book that should be in your collection. A few stars were missing, but all in all a good representation. Highly recommended!
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