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The Playboy Book: Fifty Years Hardcover – June 1, 2005

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From the Publisher

With an introduction by Hugh Hefner

About the Author

Hugh Marston Hefner was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926. The first issue of Playboy magazine, featuring the now-famous calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe, was produced in 1953 on a kitchen table in his South Side apartment. Playboy grew at a phenomenal rate and by the end of the decade, the magazine was selling more than a million copies a month. At the start of the 60s, Hef began to live out the "Good Life" depicted in the pages of his publication. He hosted a popular syndicated television show called "Playboy's Penthouse," purchased the Playboy Mansion, and opened the first Playboy Club on the Near North Side of Chicago. Throughout the 60s, Hef and Playboy became what Chicago columnist Bob Greene has called "a force of nature." Hef wrote an extended series of editorials titled "The Playboy Philosophy," championing the rights of the individual and challenging the country's heritage of puritan repression. By 1971, when Playboy Enterprises went public, the magazine was selling 7 million copies a month and there were 23 Playboy Clubs, resorts, hotels and casinos with more than 900,000 members worldwide. Hef established a second residence in Los Angeles, which quickly became known as Playboy Mansion West, and in 1975 decided to settle there permanently. In 1980, Hef championed the reconstruction of the Hollywood sign (then in serious disrepair) and was honored with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame for his efforts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822839760
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822839768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.6 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ohn on October 11, 2005
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Although Playboy is what it is, and because of the reason why many people purchase the magazine, there needs to be an understanding of the true content of the magazine through the years. Remember that the magazine is usually only 20% sex and nude women. That leaves 80% every month to be used for art, technology, controversial editorials, interviews, etc. This tome is huge and heavy, and I'm glad it takes the reader through a tour of 50 years of the COMPLETE world of Playboy. If you only want naked women, don't buy this - buy either "The Playmate Book" or "Blondes", "Brunettes", or "Redheads".
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom on February 10, 2010
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Superb photo history of the first 50 years of Playboy magazine! The evolution of this groundbreaking publication is nothing short of amazing. I have always loved "vintage" Playboy photography and illustrations, and the Playboy book delivers this BIG time! Also, the DVD's of Playboy After Hours, and Playboy's Penthouse are incredible too. I'm glad I was able to obtain a "used" copy of The Playboy Book in such great condition, for such a great price! This tome is a great addition to my library. Thanks!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. F. Lathm on April 5, 2009
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having grown up with playboy and as an adult continuing to enjoy the publication i found this book to be a masterpiece. both in the writing and the outstanding photos presented. especially enjoyed the pull out with all the covers since playboys debut! the legend of playboy is most certainly revered, respected and uplifted by this publication! a must have for anyone that has and continues to enjoy the magic that is playboy magazine.
most tastefully presented, like a book of fine art!
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For the gentleman who grew up with Playboy, this is a must have for the discreet library. The book provides a trip down memory lane with the best of the cartoons, articles and, of course, the centerfolds.
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By Rev Annie on May 4, 2013
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My husband is from the fifties and this was a surprise present. Very well done and I also was impressed with the history and how much information was included. Great Book.
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By TJ Bolling on April 16, 2014
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I got this for a friend's birthday. It seemed to be great quality. I'd like to have one for myself.
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