One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American Hi [NOOK Book]

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Ben Franklin saved the American Revolution by seducing French Women. A gay love affair between President James Buchanan and Senator William King aided the secession movement. Woodrow Wilson’s girlfriend dictated his letters to the German Kaiser. And lesbian relationships inspired Eleanor Roosevelt to become a revolutionary crusader for equal rights. The colorful sex lives of America’s most powerful leaders have influenced social movements, government policies, elections and even wars, yet they are so whitewashed...

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Ben Franklin saved the American Revolution by seducing French Women. A gay love affair between President James Buchanan and Senator William King aided the secession movement. Woodrow Wilson’s girlfriend dictated his letters to the German Kaiser. And lesbian relationships inspired Eleanor Roosevelt to become a revolutionary crusader for equal rights. The colorful sex lives of America’s most powerful leaders have influenced social movements, government policies, elections and even wars, yet they are so whitewashed by historians that people think Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln were made of marble, not flesh and blood.

But the truth is about to come out. In One Nation Under Sex, free speech activist and notorious Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt teams up with Columbia University history professor David Eisenbach to peek behind the White House bedroom curtains and document how hidden passions have shaped public life. They unpack salacious rumors and outright scandals, showing how private affairs have driven pivotal decisions—often with horrific consequences. Along the way, they explore the origins of America’s fascination with sex scandals and explain how we can put aside out political moralism and begin focusing on the real problems that threaten our nation.

 



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230120358
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 523,843
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt is the legendary publisher of Hustler magazine and has been a famous crusader for First Amendment and privacy rights for over three decades.His landmark Supreme Court case, Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, is taught in law schools throughout the United States. A former political candidate, Flynt remains active in his longstanding campaignto exposesexual hypocrisy in politics and transform the national political dialogue. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

David Eisenbach, Ph.D., is an award-winning historian who teachesAmerican politicalhistory at Columbia University. He was the creator and host of the two-hour History Channel special, The Beltway Unbuckled, about how presidential sex shaped American history. He lives in New York City.


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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    Sexy Political Book

    "One Nation Under Sex" by Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach, PH.D. is a very compelling and fantastic book. I was fortunate to actually see them in person (and get their signatures) just this past Thursday because they were doing a book signing in downtown D.C. at one of the bookstores. There were many people in attendance, and I remember how both Larry and David wanted to ensure that they shared some of the information that was in the book. I am glad that they took the time to do this because it added more dimension and understanding of some of the messages that they were communicating through the book. I am about to list a combination of what is in the book, and what was discussed during their appearance. Please understand that I am a happily married heterosexual woman who is tolerant and open-minded to all backgrounds and sexual orientations. I had to share this because my thoughts on what is in this book may potentially be shocking to some, but easy to understand with a preface of my background. The following are some juicy tidbits that were discussed at the book signing appearance of Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach PH.D.:
    Abraham Lincoln's intimate relationship with a handsome slave owner
    The theme of the book is to get the message across that presidents are human, and many of the best presidents have had healthy sexual appetites.
    The Roosevelt's had a complex love affair that included other people.
    Harding, Wilson, and Kennedy were some of the wildest presidents.
    J Edgar Hoover (a well-known FBI director) denied Mafia's existence. The Mafia had possible photographic evidence of Hoover's and Clyde Tolson's sexual relationship. This was a big deal because the book cites certain instances where J Edgar Hoover took a no-holds barred approach with the sex lives of other powerful politicians.

    The following is some of the captivating information that is contained in "One Nation Under Sex" that is tied into what was mentioned at the speaking appearance and is strongly tied into history:

    1)Benjamin Franklin was in his 70's when he was sent to help America win French support for George Washington's army. Benjamin Franklin was selected as ambassador to France because he had a reputation as a ladie's man (pages 5-36).
    2) During the time he was in office from 1857 to 1861, President James Buchanan encouraged proslavery forces in the lead-up to the Civil War, and he chose to allow Southern states to secede towards the end of his term (pg. 50). James, the only known bachelor president, fell in love with Alabama politician William Rufus King (pg. 50). I admit that I found their union to be that of two soulmates because they stayed together for 32 years, until William died in 1853 (pgs. 50-51) However, I do agree with the authors (Larry and David) that President James Buchanan's relationship with William King (who was a slaveowner) explained his refusal to stop the South from seceding, and why proslavery states had valuable time to gather their forces before Lincoln became president (pg 54)
    3) Lincoln's relationship with a handsome 23 year old, his wife Mary Todd, and a 44-year old Captain shaped his personality in becoming the Great Emancipator, which is common knowledge that Abraham Lincoln is credited with helping to end slavery (pgs. 37-63)
    4) Nancy Cook and Marion Dickerman was a lesbian couple that helped transform Eleanor Roosevelt into a political powerhouse (pgs. 113-114) Nancy and Marion are cre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Save your money for a better read

    Average prose. Provided very little knew information about sexual scandals pertaining to our past presidents. Information which most likely can be found on Wikipedia. A term paper that any college student could have written. Especially with the closing comments.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Surprisingly good

    A great read if you are interested in history, politics or scandal. Even if only some of the stories are true, the implications are enormous. It makes you think about what other world, national or local events have occurred as a result of decisions made in the heat of the moment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Blaaaaaa

    Just get a free sample and you wouldnt be waisting your money and if you like it then buy it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Interesting

    I learned so much about some of our founding fathers.

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