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The Big Penis Book Hardcover – June 25, 2008

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Dian Hanson is TASCHEN's sexy book editor. As a 25-year veteran of men's magazine publishing, she edited titles including Puritan, Oui, Outlaw Biker, Juggs, and Leg Show. Her many books for TASCHEN include Vanessa del Rio: 50 Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior and R. Crumb's Sex Obsessions.

About the Author

Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc; First edition (June 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836502135
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836502139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dian Hanson was born in Seattle, Washington, November 2, 1951. A hippie and high school drop out, she moved east at age 20, first to Oxford, Mississippi, then Allentown, Pennsylvania, finally settling in New York City in 1976 to work on the sex magazine Puritan. Over the next 25 years she edited magazines including Partner, Oui, Adult Cinema Review, Harvey, Hooker, Juggs and Leg Show. She founded the magazines Outlaw Biker, Hawgs, Big Butt, Bust Out and Tight. In 1993 Hanson became friends with Benedikt Taschen, and in 2001 she finally agreed to leave sex magazines and take over the Sexy Book division of TASCHEN Publishing. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Geoff Nicholson.

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You don't have to worry about what the adjective modifies in the title of the book _The Big Penis Book_ (Taschen). The book is big. It is twelve inches square, and weighs over seven pounds, with almost four hundred heavy, glossy pages. It is just the sort of book that can go on your coffee table, if you have such a table to support it, and if you like penises. Big penises. For the penises are big, too. Page after page here, hundreds of photographs, show men who, relaxed or erect, have penises ranging from remarkably large, to gargantuan, to (literally) fantastically huge. Dian Hanson, who previously brought out the less-ambiguously-titled but still similarly-themed _The Big Book of Breasts_, has edited what is mostly a book of photographs, with text that is generally reminiscences of photographers who were shooting models during the 1960- 1990 period, pictures that would go into small distribution magazines or private collections. The pictures, however, are the show, and they are a treat to look at.

As Hanson points out in her introduction, there is no denying the allure of a large penis. "Flaccid or erect, it is aesthetically stunning - commanding every onlooker to consider capacity and consequence." She points out how evolution has formed penises to be big in our species but also to be the objects of our candid regard. So how big is a big penis? The "most prolific penis measurer in history" was probably Professor Alfred Kinsey, who collected statistics from 3,500 men by giving them a blank card they were supposed to put along the top of their erections, mark, and send in. Kinsey didn't find anyone with a penis longer than nine inches, but there are plenty bigger on display here.
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As a gay man, yes, I have a penis fascination. And having come of age in the 70s-80s, I'm familiar with the studios that provided most of these pictures. But after having my porn-nostalgia moment and looking and page-after-page of phalluses - most attached to unattractive men - I came to find this book more funny than erotic. The poses and the photographic settings of these pictures are really quaint by today's standards, or just downright scary and creepy, if you think about it. It's an amusing archive of gay porn from the 30s to the 80s.

The book itself is way overpriced for what it is. The editorial content is superfluous, and sometimes inaccurate. And the mylar cover was damaged in shipping as well. Wait for this book to go on discount.
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Oh dear. I am a 70 year old woman and I just happened across this big penis book in my son's room. My son is 45 years old and still single. I think he might be gay. That said, his big penis book is now in my room under my bed. So now my 45 year old single son is probably gay and angry. Well, he should get a job anyway or at least go find some real penis and stop reading about them in books like this. Good Lord this is a big penis book. And I love a big penis. And so does my son, apparently. I give this book ten thumbs up. I can't believe I never knew he was gay. He should get a job. Maybe as a dancer. Anyway, if you like a big penis, you will like this big penis book. Lord there are big penis's in this book. I mean big. Oh dear.
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First off I have to say that the 3D effect is awesome in this book, easily one of the best books of 3D I've seen. It's a nice size (pardon) book, in good quality like Taschen does.
Also, yes, the appendages here range from a few average, to big, to oh my god, and a couple in the "No Way" range. Still not sure if the guy at the beginning with a member hanging to his knees was real!
Bad part: Ugly and/or seedy guys. OK, a FEW weren't too terrible, but many were sleazy. Many photos were from the 60s or 70s, judging by surroundings, and one nekkid guy was in an 80s Members Only (no pun) type jacket. No "big" deal with the aged photos. Most of the men were either trailer-parked looking, or young guys who'd rather do porn than get a real job! If the object was to turn on women, NOT! Most of us aren't enticed by a scuzzy guy in cowboy hat and trashy pickup truck, Colt 45 on floor, holding his wanger. Dittos for the wife-beater type flashing his stuff while flipping us off. Then there's one shot that looks like they picked up a homeless guy outside the nearest liquor shop and paid him 5 bucks to lie nude on a smelly couch. Oh, there are other ethnicities here, but they made the black men appear menacing and Latinos look like greasy "suave" stereotypes.
Anyway, yes, there are some giant tallywhackers here. And the effect is so real you'll almost smell the booze and tobacco emanating from the models! If you're just in it for the big parts, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. If you want hunks in 3D that you'll want to jump on, not really. I felt like I needed a shot of penicillin after I looked at it.
Like the cover? It's in 3D too and looks very lifelike!
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Creating a 3-D book on Penis images is a GREAT concept!! Who wouldn't
want a penis (or breasts, or butts-whatever your game is) to pop out?!!
I had purchased the book in it's earlier format last year (non 3-D)- which is EXCELLENT. I now prefer the original format to the new 3-D format-primarily because the 3-D format is edited too much-not all pictures from the original format are used, so there is less content - pictures and text combined. The pictures they have selected are good, but some great ones have been left out from the original format. More importantly, the 3-D cardboard glasses that come with the package are quite uncomfortable to wear, and too dark! You have to look under the brightest of lights or under strong sunshine to view the images. Some images are quite exceptional, of-course-but the glasses are too dark and too uncomfortable-they hurt the bridge area of the nose! The book in it's original format is much better-more pictures to look at! But, people who have not seen the original format and purchase this 3-D edition right away, will definately get a kick out of it!
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