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The Naughty Nineties : The Triumph of the American Libido

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THE NAUGHTY NINETIES: The Triumph of the American Libido examines the scandal-strafed age when our public and private lives began to blur due to the rise of the web, reality TV, and the wholesale tabloidization of pop culture. In this comprehensive and often hilarious time capsule, David Friend--an editor at Vanity Fair--combines detailed reporting with first-person accounts from many of the decade's signal personalities, from Anita Hill to Monica Lewinsky, Lorena Bobbitt to Heidi Fleiss, Alan Cumming to Joan Rivers, Jesse Jackson to key members of the Clinton, Dole, and Bush teams. THE NAUGHTY NINETIES also uncovers unsung sexual pioneers, from the enterprising sisters who dreamed up the Brazilian bikini wax to the scientists who, quite by accident, discovered Viagra--and dozens more.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 161 x 236 x 47mm | 878g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Twelve
  • London, United States
  • English
  • 0446556297
  • 9780446556293
  • 681,790

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"A great book."--Boston Public Radio Podcast with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan "[How] the decade...shaped the ground we stand on today."--The New York Times "[A] fantastic and wonderfully exhaustive...book."--Vice.com "Lively. Irrepressible. Fun."--The National Book Review "Compelling. Sprightly. A fresh view that deftly blends cultural and political analysis [to help] solve the central riddle of our current age -- Why Donald Trump?"--Jon Meacham, TIME "An exhaustive, insightful exploration of America's obsession with its own horny self."--Vogue.com "Sweeping...no one has put it together quite like this. Written with great brio and a tenacious attention to detail."--Vogue "[A] gossipy retrospective of...the sexual politics as well as the pains and pleasures of the 1990s."--Library Journal "A witty, comprehensively researched time capsule from an unforgettable age of excess, scandal, and sex."--Kirkus "A saucy, outrageous...delicious new book."--Amy Sohn, Elle "Written with wit, zest, and subtlety, this is cultural history at its best. I'd lived through the decade, but not until I'd read The Naughty Nineties did I come to appreciate how boldly, and creepily, those years had foreshadowed the messy and bewildering moment we are in now."--Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea "A brilliantly researched and uproariously written romp through the sex-fueled Age of Clinton. Nothing is off-limits: Viagra, Brazilian Wax jobs, home-brewed pornography, Fox News, O.J. Simpson, and the birth of reality TV are all expertly grabbed by the scruff-of-the-neck. An instant American Studies classic!"--Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian and author of The Great Deluge "David Friend's lively and authoritative study of millennial vulgarity and sleaze is (among other things) an excellent primer for the Age of Trump."--Martin Amis, author of The Moronic Inferno and The War Against Cliche "A superb and important book. A guiltily entertaining, impressively scholarly, and often laugh-out-loud witty account of the decade that ended a century -- and millennium -- with more than a few bangs. The Naughty Nineties is a fascinating study of how popular culture became, in the phrasing of one of its many nadir moments, a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty -- and went south from there."--Christopher Buckley, political satirist, novelist, and author of Thank You for Smoking and The White House Mess "This is a rare literary gift: living, breathing history that is also a page turner, written with elegant candor and humor and passion that jump off the page. Amazing. Fabulous. I can't say enough about this book."--Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming "This thoughtful and ridiculously entertaining book will surely solidify the '90s as America's most embarrassing decade."-- Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King and The Circle "Vivid. [An] insightful and compulsively readable overview of America's hormonal coming of age."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "[A] gossipy retrospective of...the sexual politics as well as the pains and pleasures of the 1990s."--Library Journal p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "Written with wit, zest, and subtlety, this is cultural history at its best. I'd lived through the decade, but not until I'd read The Naughty Nineties did I come to appreciate how boldly, and creepily, those years had foreshadowed the messy and bewildering moment we are in now."--Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "This is a rare literary gift: living, breathing history that is also a page turner, written with elegant candor and humor and passion that jump off the page. Amazing. Fabulous. I can't say enough about this book."--Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming "How I loved this book! THE NAUGHTY NINETIES is a raucous ride through the 20th century's closing decade - an impressive sweep of social and cultural history in an era dominated by instant communication and gratification that presages our turbulent times. David Friend brilliantly captures the social and sexual revolution that came home to roost in the 1990s and left little to the imagination!"--Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincolnshow more

About David Friend

David Friend-a journalist, culture critic, and Emmy-winning documentary producer-is the author ofWatching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11.show more

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