Mr Playboy

Author: Steven Watts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470501375
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The real Hugh Hefner-the extraordinary inside story of an American icon "Riveting... Watts packs in plenty of gasp-inducing passages."-Newark Star Ledger "Like it or not, Hugh Hefner has affected all of us, so I treasured learning about how and why in the sober biography."-Chicago Sun Times "This is a fun book. How could it not be? Watts aims to give a full account of the man, his magazine and their place in social history. Playboy is no longer the cultural force it used to be, but it made a stamp on society."-Associated Press "In Steven Watts' exhaustive, illuminating biography Mr. Playboy, Hefner's ideal for living -- marked by his allegiances to Tarzan, Freud, Pepsi-Cola and jazz -- proves to be a kind of gloss on the Protestant work ethic."-Los Angeles TimesGorgeous young women in revealing poses; extravagant mansion parties packed with celebrities; a hot-tub grotto, elegant smoking jackets, and round rotating beds; the hedonistic pursuit of uninhibited sex. Put these images together and a single name springs to mind-Hugh Hefner. From his spectacular launch of Playboy magazine and the dizzying expansion of his leisure empire to his recent television hit The Girls Next Door, the publisher has attracted public attention and controversy for decades. But how did a man who is at once socially astute and morally unconventional, part Bill Gates and part Casanova, also evolve into a figure at the forefront of cultural change?In Mr. Playboy, historian and biographer Steven Watts argues that, in the process of becoming fabulously wealthy and famous, Hefner has profoundly altered American life and values. Granted unprecedented access to the man and his enterprise, Watts traces Hef's life and career from his midwestern, Methodist upbringing and the first publication of Playboy in 1953 through the turbulent sixties, self-indulgent seventies, reactionary eighties, and traditionalist nineties, up to the present. He reveals that Hefner, from the beginning, believed he could overturn social norms and take America with him.This fascinating portrait illustrates four ways in which Hefner and Playboy stood at the center of several cultural upheavals that remade the postwar United States. The publisher played a crucial role in the sexual revolution that upended traditional notions of behavior and expectation regarding sex. He emerged as one of the most influential advocates of a rapidly developing consumer culture, flooding Playboy readers with images of material abundance and a leisurely lifestyle. He proved instrumental-with his influential magazine, syndicated television shows, fashionable nightclubs, swanky resorts, and movie and musical projects-in making popular culture into a dominant force in many people's lives. Ironically, Hefner also became a controversial force in the movement for women's rights. Although advocating women's sexual freedom and their liberation from traditional family constraints, the publisher became a whipping boy for feminists who viewed him as a prophet for a new kind of male domination.Throughout, Watts offers singular insights into the real man behind the flamboyant public persona. He shows Hefner's personal dichotomies-the pleasure seeker and the workaholic, the consort of countless Playmates and the genuine romantic, the family man and the Gatsby-like host of lavish parties at his Chicago and Los Angeles mansions who enjoys well-publicized affairs with numerous Playmates, the fan of life's simple pleasures who hobnobs with the Hollywood elite.Punctuated throughout with descriptions and anecdotes of life at the Playboy Mansions, Mr. Playboy tells the compelling and uniquely American story of how one person with a provocative idea, a finger on the pulse of popular opinion, and a passion for his work altered the course of modern history. Spans from Hefner's childhood to the launch of Playboy magazine and the expansion of the Playboy empire to the present Puts Hefner's life and work into the cultural context of American life from the mid-twentieth-century onwards Contains over 50 B/W and color photos, including an actual fold-out centerfold

Bachelors And Bunnies

Author: Carrie Pitzulo
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226670066
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For a lot of people, thoughts about the sexual politics of Playboy run along the lines of what Gloria Steinem reportedly once told Hugh Hefner: “A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.” Hefner’s magazine celebrates men as swinging bachelors and women as objects of desire; ergo, it’s sexist. Not so fast, says Carrie Pitzulo. With Bachelors and Bunnies, she delves into the history of the magazine to reveal its surprisingly strong record of support for women’s rights and the modernization of sexual and gender roles. Taking readers behind the scenes of Playboy’s heyday, Pitzulo shows how Hefner’s own complicated but thoughtful perspective on modern manhood, sexual liberation, and feminism played into debates—both in the editorial offices and on the magazine’s pages—about how Playboy’s trademark “girl next door” appeal could accommodate, acknowledge, and even honor the changing roles and new aspirations of women in postwar America. Revealing interviews with Hugh Hefner and his daughter (and later Playboy CEO) Christie Hefner, as well as with a number of editors and even Playmates, show that even as the magazine continued to present a romanticized notion of gender difference, it again and again demonstrated a commitment to equality and expanded opportunities for women. Offering a surprising new take on a twentieth-century icon, Bachelors and Bunnies goes beyond the smoking jacket and the centerfold to uncover an unlikely ally for the feminist cause.

The Third Coast

Author: Thomas L. Dyja
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101605480
Size: 72.24 MB
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A critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring many of the incredible personalities that shaped American culture Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop in Chicago, and this flow of people and commodities made it the crucible for American culture and innovation. In luminous prose, Chicago native Thomas Dyja re-creates the story of the city in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America—from Chess Records to Playboy, McDonald’s to the University of Chicago. Populated with an incredible cast of characters, including Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Simone de Beauvoir, Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Studs Turkel, and Mayor Richard J. Daley, The Third Coast recalls the prominence of the Windy City in all its grandeur.

Two American Boys

Author: Michael K. Bauer
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1412017750
Size: 33.40 MB
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Two American Boys is a story of two childhood best friends, Mike and Rick, who grew up on the same block. Relive the late 50s and 60s with their numerous adventures and thrill with their faithful dogs, Ginger and Blackie, at their side. Play baseball, army and go hunting and fishing with Mike's father and enjoy his many stories, as they grow up in a time of innocence in America.? While America might have been innocent, these boys were not. From fistfights with the Bad Brothers on the block to breaking windows, these boys always found themselves in the midst of fun and trouble. Jumping from roofs while playing Zorro and running from angry sailors and hornets are just a glimpse at some of their experiences you will enjoy as you watch them grow up. After years of friendship, high school approaches and Rick moved to California. As the years went by, the boys still kept in touch through letters and the bond that was built between them still stays strong. After high school, Mike joined the army and went to Korea while Rick joined the Marines and went to Vietnam. It was 1969 and Mike had not received anymore letters from Rick in 'Nam and now he feared the worst. Mike searched for his long lost friend for years and years with no luck at all. Finally, follow Mike to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. to find the answer to the question that plagued him: Did Rick make it back or was his name on the Wall?

Harry Alan Towers

Author: Dave Mann
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786479825
Size: 74.66 MB
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Harry Alan Towers' reputation rests upon a corpus of 95 low-budget productions shot post-haste in every corner of the globe. He took an integral part, however, in the development of the protocols that now underpin much transnational film production and he must be regarded as a pioneer. Towers' slash and burn strategy focused on parasitic, back-to-back productions, funded by rights bundles that were pre-sold globally. This strategy was substantially derived from his early days in broadcasting wherein he acted as a go-between in the American and the British Commonwealth markets. Though he became adept at procuring funds from pariah regimes and black market economies, primarily he continued to act as a broker bringing together American equity investment and European finance under the auspices of EC co-production agreements. He was also quick to exploit the burgeoning niche markets becoming available in the wake of technological developments and government initiatives.

The Wonderful World Of Poetry

Author: Diane Ross Holder
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1453508864
Size: 23.33 MB
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This book is the second of collection written whenever she had the time and just was inspired to just relax and write whatever thoughts came to mind. She only hopes this will add something to the life of whoever reads them.

The North Lincoln Sphinx

Author: Royal Lincolnshire regiment
Publisher:
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Give M Hell Molly

Author: Sarah Flowers
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1300386428
Size: 18.87 MB
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Finding Your Inner Truth

Author: Nicole Gabriel
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483527387
Size: 61.66 MB
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In Finding Your Inner Truth, Nicole Gabriel shares her amazing and surprising story of how her life changed unexpectedly and the answers about life that she discovered as a result. She also guides readers in becoming prepared for changes in their own lives, as well as accepting when the Universe is pushing them in a direction they can’t understand because ultimately it’s for their own good. Nicole’s personal journey began with the loss of her beloved Shar Pei dog, Tia. This devastating event triggered her desire to understand the how and why of the loss she had experienced and, most of all, to know where Tia’s soul went and that she was safe. Nicole herself was surprised by the degree of grief she felt over this loss, and having a husband who refused to share in or understand her grief did not help—or did it? Seeking comfort and answers, Nicole began a spiritual journey that resulted in a new awakening to who she was. Her journey had countless twists and turns, ranging from being a massage therapist to a yoga teacher, from being married to divorced to dating again, and from exploring shamanism, participating in mystical ceremonies, traveling to Peru, and communicating with ghosts. She even discovered a portal inside her home and may have had contact with benevolent extraterrestrials. Many of these adventures are documented in the stunningly beautiful colored photos she includes.

Playboy And The Making Of The Good Life In Modern America

Author: Elizabeth Fraterrigo
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199739486
Size: 43.90 MB
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Playboy was more than a magazine filled with pictures of nude women and advice on how to mix the perfect martini. Indeed, the magazine's vision of sexual liberation, high living, and "the good life" came to define mainstream images of postwar life. In exploring the history of America's most widely read and influential men's magazine, Elizabeth Fraterrigo hones in on the values, style, and gender formulations put forth in its pages and how they gained widespread currency in American culture. She shows that for Hugh Hefner, the "good life" meant the freedom to choose a lifestyle, and the one he promoted was the "playboy life," in which expensive goods and sexually available women were plentiful, obligations were few, and if one worked hard enough, one could enjoy abundant leisure and consumption. In support of this view, Playboy attacked early marriage, traditional gender arrangements, and sanctions against premarital sex, challenging the conservatism of family-centered postwar society. And despite the magazine's ups and downs, significant features of this "playboy life" have become engrained in American society.