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The Chapman Report Paperback – January 1, 1962


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet (1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451062345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451062345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,228,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel, Holden on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
With what uncommonly good grace did Irving Wallace write. The Chapman Report was the first of his novels made into an incredibly bad movie. It was so bad that Efram Zimbalist Jr. seemed like the greatest actor in the world. Like Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider.

Wouldn't they both love those comparisons? The novel itself is very good. It turns the spotlight not solely on the sexology report externally, but internally. It's about the questioners themselves, as well as the women, which is a brilliant idea. We learn that those who seem to know everything really don't.

We see the women of this upscale Los Angeles neighborhood, and is a time machine really back to the 50s, or the 60s too. Wallace was a wonderful storyteller. He never sat still really. He was so eclectic. He took on tough issues huge issues and he did well. Chapman's colleagues are very flawed and Chapman is very wrong about a lot of things.

Amazing how influential people are. Reading it again reminds me how much fun reading used to be. We see Wallace at the beginning of his novelist career. We see women who are so entangled that it seems mostly right that men rule with sex and power and money. The book is, in many respects, not really dated that much.

Like his other novels, it is relevant, as timeless, and of his time as well. Sexual subjugation is something of a parlor game. Many of the women, some of the men, see the hemming in, the using of another person, and knowing it, but that is how it is done. And that over rides everything.

The researchers, statistics and overlays and generalizations actually hurt more than help.
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By Graham Gribble on March 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I saw this novel by Wallace 30 years ago and assumed it was a documentary. I finally tried it and was most surprised to find it was fiction and most enjoyable
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By funny twin on September 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I will read anything written by Wallace. I had recognize the title of the book, since it is an earlier writing of his, but didn't know what it was about. I enjoyed the reading, but it went on alittle too long in some spots. I gave it 4 stars!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Winterich on July 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mildly entertaining and compelling story about several white, heterosexual, upper middle-class early 1960s suburban women who "blossom" sexually, for lack of a better term, with varying expectations, outlooks, and results. The novel was written for white, heterosexual, upper middle-class suburban women then in their 20s or 30s. A "beach read." 2.5 stars.
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