The Naked Man
A Study of the Male Body
By Desmond Morris
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312385309, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 18, 2009
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Following on the international success of The Naked Woman, Desmond Morris investigates another intriguing evolutionary success story. The Naked Man is a study of the masculine body from head to toe, examining biological features of the male anatomy in illuminating detail and describing the many ways in which these features have been modified, suppressed, or exagerated by local customs and changes in social fashions. This is the natural history of man, viewing him as a fascinating specimen of a far-from-rare, but nevertheless endangered species.The Naked Man is written from a zoologist’s perspective and packed full of scientific fact, engaging anecdote and thoughtprovoking conclusions, including a controversial chapter examining male sexuality. It is an altogether intriguing read.
DESMOND MORRIS was educated at Birmingham and Oxford Universities. He became the curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. In 1967, he published The Naked Ape which has sold over ten million copies worldwide. An accomplished artist, teleivision presenter and film maker, Desmond Morris’s works have been published in over thirty-six countries.