The book is beautifully signed by both Steven Watts & Hugh Hefner in black pen on the title page. The book was signed in person at an event here in Los Angeles. Photos of the booksigning event as well as the newspaper ad clipping will be included with the purchase. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: From the beginning Hefner s personal experiences provided the stuff of his public career The private man relentlessly pursued his dream of personal political and economic freedom and viewed his pursuit of fun not as immature something critics often charged but as a happy embodiment of childhood optimism in a cynical world He challenged traditional institutions such as marriage the family and religion because he had experienced them as impediments not aids to individual happiness In Hefner s calculus the crucial component was individual desire not social expectation He saw his own life as demonstrating that you don t have to live by somebody else s rules from Mr Playboy From his spectacular launch of Playboy magazine to his recent television hit The Girls Next Door Hugh Hefner has attracted public attention and controversy for decades But how did a man who is at once socially astute and morally unconventional part Bill Gates and part Casanova also evolve into a figure at the forefront of cultural change Granted unprecedented access to the man and his enterprise historian and biographer Steven Watts argues that Hefner has profoundly altered American life and values Punctuated with anecdotes of life at the Playboy Mansions the book tells the compelling and uniquely American story of how one person with a provocative idea a finger on the pulse of popular opinion and a passion for his work altered the course of modern history The real Hugh Hefner the extraordinary inside story of an American icon Riveting Watts packs in plenty of gasp inducing passages Newark Star Ledger Like it or not Hugh Hefner has affected all of us so I treasured learning about how and why in the sober biography Chicago Sun Times This is a fun book How could it not be Watts aims to give a full account of the man his magazine and their place in social history Playboy is no longer the cultural force it used to be but it made a stamp on society
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1. He has been keeping an exhaustive “scrapbook” of his life since adolescence, which now consists of over 1800 volumes and takes up much of the third floor of the Mansion.
2. His favorite weekly event is Monday’s “Manly Night,” a gathering of longstanding male friends for an evening devoted to eating, trading friendly insults and stories, and watching old films.
3. Hefner became obsessed with backgammon in the 1970s, playing in tournaments at the Mansion that attracted world-class players and lasted for hours, sometimes days.
4. He was deeply traumatized during his college days when his fiancé confessed that she was involved in a sexual affair.
5. He nearly choked to death in the late 1970s after ingesting a small sex toy during a raucous lovemaking session with his girlfriend. She dislodged it with the Heimlich maneuver.
6. Hefner was a strong backer of the civil rights movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s, contributing money and booking African American entertainers for his television show and the Playboy Clubs.
7. The Mansion library still prominently displays a large ceramic bust of Barbi Benton, Hefner’s girlfriend from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
8. The Mansion staff is inundated with requests for invitations to Hefner’s big parties. Some are from celebrities who want to bring their friends, and many are from young women who send photos of themselves in skimpy clothing and provocative poses. Nearly all are turned down.
9. Every bathroom at the Mansion is equipped with a bottle of baby oil, bottle of aspirin, and Jergens cherry-almond skin lotion. During big parties, many of them also have bowls filled with condoms.
10. Hefner has all of his meals brought to him in his bedroom suite at the Mansion. Even when the Mansion is filled with dozens of guests enjoying an elegant buffet meal for movie nights on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, he eats in his room before joining the crowd.
Title: Mr. Playboy (SIGNED!)
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Very Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Wiley, 2008. Condition: Good. First Edition ~1st Printing. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP9743547
Book Description John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008672395
Book Description Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. The dust jacket is missing. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0471690597I5N01
Book Description Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0471690597I5N10
Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2858849182
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR002625139
Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0471690597 Dispatched from London. Seller Inventory # Z0471690597Z2
Book Description John Wiley and Sons, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Acceptable. personal inscription on first page, . yellow pages due to age, **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Seller Inventory # 3150504
Book Description Wiley, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Seller Inventory # S_206241504
Book Description Wiley, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Seller Inventory # S_216745386