• Mr. Playboy

  • Hugh Hefner and the American Dream
  • By: Steven Watts
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-06-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Hugh Hefner quit his job at Esquire to start a magazine called Playboy, he didn't just want to make money, he wanted to make dreams come true. The first issue had a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an article on the Dorsey brothers, and a feature on desk design for the modern office. Hefner wrote much of the copy himself and drew all the cartoons. But the most memorable part by far was the set of pictures he bought from a local calendar printer of a scantily clad Marilyn Monroe. In this wise and penetrating biography, intellectual historian Steven Watts looks at what Hugh Hefner went on to become and how he took America with him. Hefner became one of the most hated and envied celebrities in America, standing just barely on the wrong side of decency - with as many as seven million subscribers to his magazine.
©2008 Steven Watts (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Glenda Fuller on 01-14-09

Great book but a little long

Very interesting story of how Hugh Hefner started and an interesting look into his life. The only problem was after a while it started to drag on and on. Overall a very interesting story and it's easy to see why so many men idolize Hugh Hefner; including me!

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1 out of 5 stars
By J. Taliadoros on 02-03-09


The last thing I expected of a story about Hugh Hefner was that it would be boring, yet this author spends so much time on cultural influences that it's more like a textbook than an engaging life story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Olajide on 02-17-18

perfectly done book

felt like I was right there beside hugh. vividly written and in an extraordinary format. highly reccomend

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