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The East, the West, and Sex by Richard Bernstein
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Jul 27, 2010 | ISBN 9780375713897

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“Fascinating. . . . Accessible, much-researched and far-reaching. . . . Bernstein’s book provocatively externalizes, and maps, the heterosexual male erotic mind.”
The New York Times Book Review

The East, the West, and Sex is the best sort of book about sex: It is replete with anecdotes from history that titillate as they inform and observations on human nature that amuse as they illuminate, all delivered in language and tone that is broadly moral without being moralizing.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Provocative and intriguing. . . . Properly high-minded. . . . Very good and eminently discussable.”
The New York Times

“Bernstein negotiates this territory with great delicacy and considerable historical knowledge. . . . [An] elegantly written book.”

“Bernstein is very good at telling these stories. . . . [He] is brave to insist, in the face of much postmodern academic writing about colonialism, that for various reasons having nothing to do with the West, women . . . were far more readily available in the Middle and Far East than in Europe.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“A survey whose range is almost stupefyingly wide. . . . [It] introduces the complexity of everyday reality into a world about which it is easy to preach.”
The New York Review of Books

“Wide-ranging [and] critically astute. . . . Sweeping yet focused. . . . Former New York Times correspondent Bernstein writes lucidly and with verve. This probing, absorbing, and eclectic study critically challenges morally and politically correct interpretations of the Western sexual exploitation of the East.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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