Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love (Anglais) Broché – 30 juillet 2013
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“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 --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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The story takes you from the very beginning - the formative years of Masters and Johnson, their career shifts, their research and partnership, their sexual and emotional attraction to each other, and the world they built around them while gradually crumbled. While Masters and Johnson remained quite private throughout their body of work and private lives, Maier does excellent research to give us a view that only a fly on the wall could achieve.
A fascinating story by an excellent writer. I can't rave enough about the quality of writing and storytelling. Bravo!
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Masters was a hard-working, conservative, patriarchal doctor, yet he was driven to understand the physiological aspects of sex in ways that were abhorent to the conservative, patriarchal society of the time. He treated his own wife as a traditional sub-servient homebody there to take care of the family and support his career. Yet he also was willing to recognize that an untrained female secretary was worthy of equal billing on their joint research. His work opened the way for a more equal understanding of female sexual needs and capacities, yet he used his position to force a female subordinate to have sex with him in a way that would easily have led to a sexual harrassment suit today. Masters was both a man of his times (particularly in regards to homosexuality) and a transformative figure who, as much as anyone, helped change the attitudes of those times. .
Johnson was equally complex and even more fascinating. A former singer, thrice married, but raising two children on her own, Johnson, although with little medical or research training, somehow had the energy and intellectual ability to become a driving force in the ground-breaking medical research partnership. Maier benefits from extensive interviews with the by-then aged Johnson, but never quite captures a full picture of her life. We learn little of her earlier marriages or how they may have impacted her drive to understand sex. This powerful drive to understand, as well as to achieve status, led her to accept a somewhat coerced sexual relationship with Masters. Later, this relationship, driven by Masters' jealousy, became a marriage that appears to have been short on love. The author does a good job in explaining how her contributions to the research were critical to its success, but is less able to show why she was willing to sacrifice time with her children and at least two different love relationships for that research success and her emotionally repressed partner.
Maier does not shy away from the problems and failings of the later work of Masters and Johnson. The defects of that work, particularly the book on homosexuality, may be seen as failures, but also show, by contrast, the bold brilliance of their earlier work on sexual response and sexual inadequacy. The latter part of the book illustrates the difficulties of the multiple tasks the pair faced: continuing ground-breaking research, converting that work into more best-selling books, raising funds and satisfying donors, providing clinical help to people with sexual problems, managing a multi-faceted institution, handling the publicity generated by their work and dealing with their own conflicting sexual and emotional needs. Sadly these tasks often proved too much for them particularly as age made its inevitable inroads on their energies and intellecual capabilities.
The book is excellent on its own, but it is particularly useful for those who have watched the Showtime adaptation, "Masters of Sex." It provides the factual basis the overall story. This helps the viewer to distinguish what is known about the couple and the sometimes fanciful elaborations concocted by script writers charged with keeping viewers interested.
Overall, I loved the book and would recommend it to both viewers of the TV series and those who have never seen it.
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