The subject of this book -- sex and love -- should interest just about everyone. As a bonus, Thomas Maier is a very fine writer, an accomplished biographer, and an astute reporter. If you read only one biography this year, it should be this first-ever look at the secretive lives of Masters and Johnson.
Gay Talese, author of Thy Neighbor's Wife and A Writer's Life
A well-written and insightful account of Masters and Johnson, who, in a clinical sense, probably knew more about sex and marital love than any other couple in America.
Debby Applegate, Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher
Masters of Sex is a terrific book about the unlikely couple who touched off the sexual revolution. More than a biography, this is an intimate history of sex in the twentieth-century.
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer
No novelist could come up with something as remarkable as the real life story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the married experts giving advice to America on sex and love. With insightful reporting and writing, Thomas Maier has captured this extraordinary relationship between these male and female sex researchers, a legacy that transformed the way couples live today.
Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and author of Prime: Adventures and Advice About Sex, Love and the Sensual YearsIt's hard to imagine any sex researcher or serious student of sexuality who wouldn't profit from reading this book. The information revealed in Masters of Sex has never surfaced before -- and besides being a real contribution to the history of science, it's a totally captivating read!
Hugh Hefner, editor in chief, Playboy magazineThomas Maier has written the intimate, engaging biography that Masters and Johnson deserve. Critics often accused the pair ofdehumanizingsex with their research -- of removing its mystery. But as Gini Johnson told Playboy in 1968, mystery is just another name for superstition and myth. The more we know about the physiology of arousal, the better we can enjoy the uniquely human experience of sex for pleasure. Masters and Johnson showed tremendous courage in their research.
Booklist (starred review)A wonderfully written and totally absorbing look at an amazing couple.
O, The Oprah MagazinePerhaps influenced by its steamy subject matter, Masters of Sex ... may strike some readers as unusually graphic for a biography, but this unsettling story of sex and science in theory and practice is ultimately more cautionary than titillating.
Library Journal OnlineAward-winning biographer Maier ... delivers the first in-depth look at a complex couple who helped revolutionize the study of human sexual response. Academics and amateur sexperts alike will rejoice.
Discover magazineMaier's illuminating biography delves into the lives of the couple that started science's sexual revolution.
The American ProspectAbsorbing ... Masters of Sex is this spring's true must-read book for those looking to revisit the heady, early days of the sexual revolution.