Christopher Turner, "Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America"
English | ISBN: 0374100942 | 2011 | EPUB | 544 pages | 2 MB
One of The Economists 2011 Books of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011
Well before the 1960s, a sexual revolution was under way in America, led by expatriated European thinkers who saw a vast country ripe for liberation. In Adventures in the Orgasmatron, Christopher Turner tells the revolutions story-an illuminating, thrilling, often bizarre story of sex and science, ecstasy and repression.
Central to the narrative is the orgone box-a tall, slender construction of wood, metal, and steel wool. A person who sat in the box, it was thought, could elevate his or her "orgastic potential." The box was the invention of Wilhelm Reich, an outrider psychoanalyst who faced a federal ban on the orgone box, an FBI investigation, a fraught encounter with Einstein, and bouts of paranoia.
In Turners vivid account, Reichs efforts anticipated those of Alfred Kinsey, Herbert Marcuse, and other prominent thinkers-efforts that brought about a transformation of Western views of sexuality in ways even the thinkers themselves could not have imagined.