I bought this in the Daily Deal (but it is not much more expensive at its normal price - not even double the price).
I enjoyed it. It contains some amusing quips such as Barbara Bush reportingly having said 'Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex... no matter how bad it is'.
And 'Nero was raised by a barber and a male ballet dancer. Perhaps if he had been in analysis, the history of the Western world would have been vey different'.
Then there's the history lessons: 'James I (and VI of Scotland) was the original gay cavalier - the first monarch to flaunt his sexual preferences. He referred to his boyfriend, George Villiers, 25 years his junior, as 'sweet child and wife' before making him Duke of Buckingham and agreeing to immortalise his name in an area off the Strand in London - these include: George Court, Villiers Street, Duke Street, Buckingham Street and several back alleys'. It's an education.
I am not so keen on the start of a book which seemed a little awkward and contrived. It gets better as it goes along.
This differs from most Bluffers Guides, in that whilst normally the whole purpose is to make the reader appear an expert on the subject in polite circles, this is probably not a subject which you are going to spout on about at dinner parties to demonstrate your knowledge. Maybe at a rugby club outing or the school playground, but even then the finer points of seduction are not likely to impress your audience.
However, this is quite a wide ranging and witty review of the subject. Whilst most of us would consider ourselves experts on the amorous arts, apart from the basic mechanics this little book contains extras such as a suggested reading list to give you lots of good ideas should things be getting a bit stale, what the psychologists made of it all and the history of sex through the ages. I guess you might possibly include some of the latter as a slightly risqué addition to the dinner conversation to demonstrate your bluffer's skill!
All in all an entertaining little book which covers a lot of ground on a subject that will appeal to most.
A good guide book that did make me laugh, not one to read on a train though or public transport (you may either get funny looks or someone looking over your shoulder. Then again for the shock factor give it a go). Or you could bluff your way through reading it in a different cover.
Quite frank and well described through from modern day writing (think 50 shades, but not out loud as not the right book to mention when bluffing). To ancient times and how some words came about.
Not quite sure where you would really use this book unlike the others in the series, as not likely to go around sounding off about which position etc does what. Well could make good entertainment for a hen/stag night and a very different type of present.
The thing I enjoyed most about this guide was the tone. Instead of preachy or boringly biological, Newman, Brewer and Webb take on the voice of a stand up comedian - guiding you through all the narrative elements of sex with humour, wit and some great anecdotes.
The chapter on sexology was particularly interesting for me as a historian. Now I know my Kraft-Ebbing from my Havelock Ellis.
This book is clearly well researched and its information is based on facts and science and not ideology. It does a great job of combining this with the social and cultural aspects of sex, equally important for a top bluffer.
You won't learn how to do it, but you will learn that in the UK you could have sex with a 12 year old until 1929 - as long as you were married to her. The book's conclusion? The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Fun and cheeky, this handy informative guide to lovemaking is filled with tantalising tit bits of knowledge from stories of famous heroic lovers (who knew Catherine the Great was a cougar?) to the location of P spots and G spots. Become an expert love maker in one read.