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Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution: An Unfettered History

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Make Love, Not War is the first full-scale history of how the Sexual Revolution changed life in America forever. A fascinating and frank portrait of private lives and public discourse, it traces changes from the deceptively repressive Fifties, to the first tremors of rebellion in the early Sixties and the sexual rights movement of the mid Sixties, to the heady heyday of ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2000)
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David Haines
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an excellent history of the sexual revolution, tainted, however, by the authors clear anti-Christian bias, and his rejection of traditional values. The author was almost entirely unable to recognize the potentially harmful effects of a fully liberated and unrestrained sexuality. Any person who fought for limits to sexual freedom was painted as promoting an outdated and prejudicial morality, any event which went against absolute sexual liberty was unfortunate.
It is, however, interesting
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Kody
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually feel this way about history, but there were times when I just couldn't stop reading this book- and when I WASN'T reading it, I was talking with people about some cool story or fact or thing it made me think about. It was incredibly accessible and engaging, with just the right balance of narrative, quirky detail, and contextual panorama. The history it discusses is recent enough to feel powerfully relevant to me even though I wasn't alive for any of the time period he discusses. ...more
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a thorough, compelling understandment of one of history's most charming revolutions
Simone
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
A fascinating introduction to the American sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s and it's interactions with other counter cultures of the time, like the anti-Vietnam War Movement and the Women's Liberation Movement.

The book is tarnished in parts however, because of a clear anti-Conservative bias that makes it difficult for the reader to distinguish between a legitimate historical retelling and a propaganda-ish push of a narrative that confirms the author's views.
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Mckinna Wilts
One of the best books of this type that I have read. It's packed full of information but it doesn't read like a text book. The Sexual Revolution is one of my favorite periods in history and I was glad to find a book that did it justice.
Mark Klempner
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a good book, probably the best overview of "the sexual revolution." The only problem I had with it was that Mr. Allyn seemed, at times, like an apologist for the 60s rather than a disinterested social historian who was just trying to figure out what happened.
Sumayyah
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting history of the United States and it's attitude towards sex.
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