Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life

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In this brilliant biography of sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, Jones unlocks the long-closed archives of the Kinsey Institute to present a moving & even shocking portrait of the man who pierced the veil of reticence surrounding human sexuality. Here is an incisive portrait that truly separates the myth from the man. Shows that the public image of disinterested biologist cultivated by Kinsey was a carefully crafted public persona. The Kinsey who emerges here was a social reformer who devoted his every waking hour to the destruction of sexual repression. Kinsey's life is much more than the story of a scientist who sparked the cultural debate of our century. His odyssey illustrates in microcosm the transition from Victorian to modern times. Photos.

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This astonishing biography of Alfred Kinsey, the man who launched the sexual revolution, is graphically frank about his decidedly out-of-the-mainstream sexual practices (including masochism and voyeurism), yet historian James Jones doesn't exploit the material for titillation. Instead, Jones argues compassionately and persuasively that Kinsey's personal sexual demons sparked his campaign to demolish Victorian taboos about sex by gathering the scientific data eventually published in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953). Jones reveals that the data were hardly as unbiased as Kinsey claimed, but it was world-shaking nonetheless. Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life is a magnificent work of cultural history as well as a sensitive study of a troubled individual.

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James H. Jones is professor of history at the University of Houston. He lives in Houston, Texas. He is the author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments, A Tragedy of Race and Medicine.

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