- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Universe; 1st U.S. Edition, 1st Printing edition (October 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789302241
- ISBN-13: 978-0789302243
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heartthrob: A Hundred Years of Beautiful Men Hardcover – October 15, 1998
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However, the commentary is terrible. No discussion of the social and cultural trends that impacted concepts of male beauty, just insipid rantings and quotes with no citation. And Reuters is oddly homophobic. Over and over, he tells us about "armies of female fans (and I'm sure a few male)" and "eyes that made women (and a few men) melt." Why are the male fans dismissed over and over in tentative asides in a book marketed specifically to them? How about "armies of male and female fans" and "eyes that made men and women melt?"
It also seems very curious that the biography paragraphs (in such small print that you need a magnifying glass to read them) closet every gay star except Sal Mineo -- even Liberace is merely the subject of "rumors." Does Reuters believe that we won't buy the book if we discover that Liberace, Troy Donahue, Rock Hudson, Ramon Novarro, et al. were gay?
A few highlights: the full page portrait of the magnificent Rock Hudson, a full page picture of the stunning Jon-Erik Hexum who could probably be the subject of his own book ,and a great photo of James Garner (I have never seen him looking this good).