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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
 
 
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Thomas Maier.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780465079995
Pages/Publication Date 415/2013
Daedalus Item Code 41628
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Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate for the purposes of scientific inquiry, William Masters and Virginia Johnson began their research partnership in the mid-1950s and soon became the nation's top experts on love and intimacy. Thomas Maier's dual biography—the inspiration for the Showtime television series of the same name—shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationships.

"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 Based on interviews, Masters' unpublished memoir, and clinic documents, Maier's book offers a wonderfully written and totally absorbing look at an amazing couple."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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