Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex

The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love

By Thomas Maier

Basic Books a Member of Perseus Books Group, Paperback, 9780465079995, 415pp.

Publication Date: July 2013

Now a New Showtime Original Series
Showtime's dramatic series "Masters of Sex," starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Before "Sex and the City" and ViagraTM, America relied on Masters and Johnson to teach us everything we needed to know about what goes on in the bedroom. Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation's top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship. Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told, "Masters of Sex" sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche.

About the Author
Thomas Maier s biographies have garnered critical praise and have been listed among the Entertainment Weekly s Top 10 Must-Reads; the O, The Oprah Magazine Top 10 Books; the New York Times Notable Books of the Year; and Boston Globe s Top 10 Books of the Year; and have been a pick of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club. Meier earned a master s degree in 1982 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has been a writer for "Newsday" and the "Chicago Sun-Times". In 2002, he won the investigative prize from the International Consortium of Investigative Reporting, now called the Daniel Pearl Award, for a series about exploitation of immigrant workers. His other investigative series have won the national Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award, the national Worth Bingham Award, National Headliners Award, New York Deadline Club, Society of Silurians, and many others.

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013

William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their research into the physiology of human sexuality. In Masters of Sex, biographer Thomas Maier explores the duo's research methods, which for years remained shrouded in secrecy. More at

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