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The Leatherman's Handbook was Number 46 on Lambda Book Report's end-of-the-millenium list of 100 Gay & Lesbian Books that changed our lives.

"...Leatherman's Handbook was an immediate cult classic when it first came out in 1972. Its publication was the first step in bringing leather sex into the open in the gay world. Its instant popularity proved just how interested men we
Paperback, Silver Jubilee Edition (2nd Printing), 284 pages
Published May 2000 by L.T. Publications (first published 1972)
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Aug 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Best intro to the gay leather scene in the 70s and 80s.
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Originally published back in the 70's, and reprinted throughout the 80's when gay bars were dark and seedy by default and not because they had to have the the light on for health and safety reasons and before the mass culling and bleating of political correctness of the 90's put an end to individuality.

I fist bought and read it 28 years ago and although it is dated now in some of its original ideas this silver jubilee edition is still an enjoyable read if only for nostalgic reasons.
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Oct 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I read this eons ago and should give it another read. Good guide to history though a lot of the information could be considered dated these days.
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Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Townend's book is a classic read for the leather community and anyone wanting to learn about the history of leather in the gay community should start with this book. The Handbook gives the reader a glimpse back in time to where it all started. It is a MUST read to understand the leather lifestyle.

Even though the Handbook gives the history of gay leather, there is a plethora of information to be learned from Townsend's experience regardless of the reader's sexual orientation or preference.
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