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Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by [Maier, Thomas]
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*Starred Review* He was an ob-gyn on staff at the medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Emotionally chilly and egotistical, Masters was interested in researching human sexuality. Johnson was a divorced mother of two, looking for a job and a way to earn a degree. She accepted a job offer as research assistant—and sex with Masters as a condition of employment, ostensibly in the name of science. Working together in the 1950s and 1960s, they built on the earlier work of Alfred Kinsey and changed the way Americans looked at sex. Maier goes beyond the image and contributions of this world-famous couple to reveal a driven and calculating man who divorced his faithful wife after 29 years and married Johnson to prevent her from marrying a wealthy benefactor of their clinic. Johnson, though granted equal credit for their work, never got over feelings of inadequacy. She subverted her personality and desires only to have Masters divorce her after 21 years to marry an old sweetheart from his youth. Maier recounts the boldness of their experiments and treatments, controversies surrounding their use of surrogates and study of prostitutes, and their eventual decline as the sexual revolution they sparked raced ahead of them. Based on interviews, Masters’ unpublished memoir, and clinic documents, Maier’s book offers a wonderfully written and totally absorbing look at an amazing couple. --Vanessa Bush

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Nelson DeMille, bestselling author of The Gold Coast and The Gate House
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 Years
It'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 magazine
Thomas Maier has written the intimate, engaging biography that Masters and Johnson deserve. Critics often accused the pair of dehumanizing sex 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 Magazine
Perhaps 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 Online
Award-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 magazine
Maier's illuminating biography delves into the lives of the couple that started science's sexual revolution.

The American Prospect
Absorbing ... Masters of Sex is this spring's true must-read book for those looking to revisit the heady, early days of the sexual revolution.

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Product details

  • File Size: 1722 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Updated edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO7JI8M
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