Thy Neighbor's Wife

Thy Neighbor's Wife

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The provocative classic work newly updated

An intimate personal odyssey across America's changing sexual landscape

When first published, Gay Talese's 1981 groundbreaking work, Thy Neighbor's Wife, shocked a nation with its powerful, eye-opening revelations about the sexual activities and proclivities of the American public in the era before AIDS. A marvel of journalistic courage and craft, the book opened a window into a new world built on a new moral foundation, carrying the reader on a remarkable journey from the Playboy Mansion to the Supreme Court, to the backyards and bedrooms of suburbia--through the development of the porn industry, the rise of the "swinger" culture, the legal fight to define obscenity, and the daily sex lives of "ordinary" people. It is the book that forever changed the way Americans look at themselves and one another.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 588 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 28mm | 480.81g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Updated ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061665436
  • 9780061665431
  • 169,917

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"A sexual Pilgrim's Progress...Few writers have lived so long, traveled so far, on the frontiers of the sexual revolution."--Atlantic Monthly
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"Engrossing and provocative." Library Journal Bestselling author Gay Talese's exploration into the hidden and changing sex lives of Americans from all walks of life shocked the world when it was first published in 1981. Now considered a classic, this fascinating personal oddysey and revealing public reflection on American sexuality changed the way Americans looked at themselves and one another.
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961 ratings
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3 22% (207)
2 6% (57)
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