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Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America (New)
by Turner, Christopher
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Book ID: 9780374100940, 0374100942
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One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year. A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011
Well before the 1960s, a sexual revolution was under way in America, led by expatriated European thinkers who saw a vast country ripe for liberation. In Adventures in the Orgasmatron, Christopher Turner tells the revolution's story -- an illuminating, thrilling, often bizarre story of sex and science, ecstasy and repression.
Central to the narrative is the orgone box -- a tall, slender construction of wood, metal, and steel wool. A person who sat in the box, it was thought, could elevate his or her "orgastic potential." The box was the invention of Wilhelm Reich, an outrider psychoanalyst who faced a federal ban on the orgone box, an FBI investigation, a fraught encounter with Einstein, and bouts of paranoia.
In Turner's vivid account, Reich's efforts anticipated those of Alfred Kinsey, Herbert Marcuse, and other prominent thinkers -- efforts that brought about a transformation of Western views of sexuality in ways even the thinkers themselves could not have imagined.
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