Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jun 7, 2011 - Psychology - 544 pages
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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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Review: Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America

User Review  - Jean - Goodreads

started off super slow but then picked up speed as soon as Reich started going off the rails (of course!). Interesting references to my other reading/research into motivators (Freud) and marketing (again Freud). Read full review

Review: Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America

User Review  - Eric Dietz - Goodreads

Fascinating bio/history of onetime Freud heir-apparent/Jung colleague Dr. Wilhelm Reich, discoverer of Orgone energy, inventor of the Orgone Box; Philosoper of Sex and the Orgasm; friend of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Europe
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
America
Nine
Ten
Eleven
Twelve
Thirteen
Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index
NOTES
Bibliography

Six
Seven
Eight
Index
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Christopher Turner lives in London and writes for The Guardian and other publications.

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