Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life
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Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life

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In this brilliant, groundbreaking biography, twenty years in the making, James H. Jones presents a moving and even shocking portrait of the man who pierced the veil of reticence surrounding human sexuality. Jones shows that the public image Alfred Kinsey cultivated of disinterested biologist was in fact a carefully crafted public persona. By any measure he was an extraordi...more
Paperback, 938 pages
Published November 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1997)
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A very, very strange man.
Melissa McClintock
This book may be biased, but it is worth reading. Mainly it shows how the "studies" were skewed to get results etc. A ton of what I think is hedonistic sexual practice and the "studies" with the kids and babies, come ON.

I need to read another book on this I saw in regards to the social context.

What really pisses me off is that I really thought the whole thing about women wanting more sex as they get older and men wanting more as they get younger etc was true. But reading the charts and evidence...more
Christine Ward
"Kinsey: A Life" is based on exhaustive research - thousands of letters, personal interviews (how Kinsey would have appreciated that!) - which forms the basis for Jones' masterful biography of the father of modern sex research. An unquestioned genius, Kinsey was also a deeply conflicted man who was able to channel his personal struggles with homosexuality into a scientific quest to better understand human sexuality. Jones' devotion to his subject matter as well as his ability to examine all aspe...more
Fascinating man. Scientists are men and women to be respected. They put themselves on the line to research their interests to minute details. I applaud Alfred Kinsey, the scientist for having the strength to push the taboo into the lap of the world. Alfred Kinsey the man, was an uptight, some what insecure man that pushed his family to their limits.
A good biography, not a great read by any means. At times the story gets weighed down by the internecine fighting that occurred between the Kinsey, his research and the foundation(s) that supported him. A "fantastic American" he was not, but, and complex, Janus-faced one, that he was indeed!
Jane Anne
I wanted to hear more DETAILS about the interview subjects. What WERE some of the shocking, unusual findings?
Annika Cleeve
Such a very unique and complex man. I loved this book, it inspired me.
Fascinating look at the man behind the study of human sexuality.
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