Universal Hunks

Author: David L.
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
ISBN: 9781551525105
Release Date: 2013-11-15
Genre: Social Science

A lively, wide-ranging pictorial history of muscular men around the world from the nineteenth century to the 1970s.

American Hunks

Author: David L. Chapman
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp PressLtd
ISBN: 155152256X
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art

A fascinating collection of images, many in full-colour, depsicting the muscular American male as seen in movies, advertisements, magazines and product labels between 1860 to 1970. The introduction by Chapman offers insightful detail on individual images, while the essay by Grubisic places the work in its historical context. Includes male physique photography, movie posters, vintage advertisements and subjects such as Marlon Brando and Eugen Sandow. All the material is sourced from Chapman's personal archive.

Sandow the Magnificent

Author: David L. Chapman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252020332
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Looks at the life and career of the man who invented the business of bodybuilding, from his days in a European circus to his performances in Amsterdam and continual self-publicity that made him famous

The Perfect Man

Author: David Waller
Publisher: Victorian Secrets
ISBN: 9781906469252
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Eugen Sandow (1867-1925) was a Victorian strongman who was colossally famous in his day and possessed what was deemed to be the most perfect male body. He rose from obscurity in Prussia to become a music-hall sensation in late Victorian London, going on to great success as a performer in North America and throughout the British Empire. He was a friend to King Edward VII and was appointed Professor of Physical Culture to King George V. His physical culture system was adopted by hundreds of thousands around the world. He lost his fortune at the time of the First World War and he ended up being buried in an unmarked grave in Putney Vale Cemetery. There is lively interest in him on the web where his dumbells or chest-extenders sell for hundreds of pounds and an autographed photograph for thousands. Written with humour and insight into the popular culture of late Victorian England, Waller's book argues that Sandow deserves to be resurrected as a significant cultural figure whose life, like that of Oscar Wilde, tells us a great deal about sexuality and celebrity at the fin de siecle.

Venus with Biceps

Author: David Chapman
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
ISBN: 9781551523859
Release Date: 2010-12-01
Genre: Social Science

A visual history of female bodybuilders and other muscular women from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.

Queer Cowboys

Author: C. Packard
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137078223
Release Date: 2016-04-30
Genre: History

Why do the earliest representations of cowboy-figures symbolizing the highest ideals of manhood in American culture exclude male-female desire while promoting homosocial and homoerotic bonds? Evidence from the best-known Western writers and artists of the post-Civil War period - Owen Wister, Mark Twain, Frederic Remington, George Catlin - as well as now-forgotten writers, illustrators, and photographers, suggest that in the period before the word 'homosexual' and its synonyms were invented, same-sex intimacy and erotic admiration were key aspects of a masculine code. These males-only clubs of journalists, cowboys, miners, Indian vaqueros defined themselves by excluding femininity and the cloying ills of domesticity, while embracing what Roosevelt called 'strenuous living' with other bachelors in the relative 'purity' of wilderness conditions. Queer Cowboys recovers this forgotten culture of exclusively masculine, sometimes erotic, and often intimate camaraderie in fiction, photographs, illustrations, song lyrics, historical ephemera, and theatrical performances.

Something Fierce

Author: Carmen Aguirre
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 9780345813831
Release Date: 2013-08-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet's violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister went with them, quickly assuming double lives of their own. At eighteen, Carmen became a militant herself, plunging further into a world of terror, paranoia and euphoria. Something Fierce takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictator-ruled Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet's Chile in the eventful decade between 1979 and 1989. Dramatic, suspenseful and darkly comic, it is a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life and a passionate argument against forgetting.

Male Beauty

Author: Kenneth Krauss
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438450018
Release Date: 2014-05-01
Genre: Social Science

Explores how a younger and more sensitive form of masculinity emerged in the United States after World War II. In the decades that followed World War II, Americans searched for and often founds signs of a new masculinity that was younger, sensitive, and sexually ambivalent. Male Beauty examines the theater, film, and magazines of the time in order to illuminate how each one put forward a version of male gendering that deliberately contrasted, and often clashed with, previous constructs. This new postwar masculinity was in large part a product of the war itself. The need to include those males who fought the war as men—many of whom were far younger than what traditional male gender definitions would accept as “manly”—extended the range of what could and should be thought of as masculine. Kenneth Krauss adds to this analysis one of the first in-depth examinations of how males who were sexually attracted to other males discovered this emerging concept of manliness via physique magazines.

Strength Training Anatomy

Author: Frédéric Delavier
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 9780736092265
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Health & Fitness

A best-seller now features more than 600 full-color illustrations--adding 48 pages of new exercises and stretches for each of the major muscle groups--to give readers an understanding of how muscles perform while training, in a resource that combines the detail of top anatomy texts with the best of strength training advice. Original.

Our Naked Lives

Author: Joseph Anthony LoGiudice
Publisher: Bordighera Press
ISBN: 1599540509
Release Date: 2013
Genre: History

Literary Nonfiction. LGBT Studies. Italian American Studies. Edited by Joseph Anthony LoGiudice and Michael Carosone. OUR NAKED LIVES: ESSAYS FROM GAY ITALIAN AMERICAN MEN includes essays by Michael Carosone, John D'Emilio, Charles Derry, George De Stefano, Joseph A. Federico, Joseph Anthony LoGiudice, Michael Luongo, David Masello, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Joe Oppedisano, Felice Picano, Frank Anthony Polito, Michael Schiavi, Frank Spinelli, and Tony Tripoli. The impetus for this book derived from Michael's thesis on the marginalization of Italian American literature for his master's degree in English. While conducting his research, Michael stumbled upon two books of gay Italian American writings. The only two books! At first, Michael was excited with his discovery. Then disappointment and anger erased the excitement when he realized that Gay Italian American identities and voices were not represented in literature, especially Italian American literature and Queer literature. So, we talked about how both of our identities—Gay and Italian American—never appeared throughout our years of formal education. Those two characters were never written in the scenes; those two actors were never given roles on the stage. And we wondered how much longer this would continue, and how much more we were able to tolerate. The purpose of this book is to present these essays that inform on the experiences of these men and their lives as part of the diverse fabric of American society. The lives of these writers are complex because they are forced to conform into a society that demands that they do not express their sexual and ethnic identities, with pride, in positive ways. As sexual and ethnic minorities, these men experience double discrimination. Many people will ask why this book is important and unique, and why this group of men is important and unique. Our answer to that often ubiquitous and trite question is this: Our identities, voices, words, and lives are important and unique because the intersection of our sexuality and ethnicity does not allow us to fit in to the mainstream American society and culture, thereby keeping us in the margins. And it should be common sense and common knowledge by now, in the twenty-first century, that no human being deserves to be marginalized for any reason.


Author: Sherwin B. Nuland
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307807892
Release Date: 2011-10-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

From the author of How We Die, the extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine, told through the lives of the physician-scientists who paved the way. How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth. Through the centuries, the men and women who have shaped the world of medicine have been not only very human, but also very much the products of their own times and places. Presenting compelling studies of great medical innovators and pioneers, Doctors gives us a fascinating history of modern medicine. Ranging from the legendary Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, to Andreas Vesalius, whose Renaissance masterwork on anatomy offered invaluable new insight into the human body, to Helen Taussig, founder of pediatric cardiology and co-inventor of the original "blue baby" operation, here is a volume filled with the spirit of ideas and the thrill of discovery.


Author: Petra Mason
Publisher: Universe Pub
ISBN: 0789329247
Release Date: 2015-03-03
Genre: Photography

A fun and humorous treasure trove of extremely rare, all-American beefcake pinups. From the author of Bunny Yeager's Darkroom and Bettie Page comes Beefcake, a Herculean collection of male nudes culled from vintage magazines of men for men. A light-hearted celebration of the male physique at its best, this entertaining volume features sporty and wholesome specimens championing the ideal male figure. Beefcake includes photos selected from private collections of rare male pinups from the 1940s to pre-disco, but it also showcases images and layouts from physique magazines with titles like Muscle, Adonis, International Nudist Sun, Tomorrow's Man, and Buck and Champ. Many of the photos featured are previously unseen--and highly collectible--works from the hugely influential photographer Bruce of Los Angeles, Kovert of Hollywood, Western Photography Guild, Don Whitman, and Kris Studio, as well as from the edgy and previously unpublished D. R. Parker and the covert Karoll of Havana.Arranged thematically with chapters such as Peak of Perfection, Swords & Sandals, Dare Devils, Locker Room, Demi Gods, Lonely Sailor, Rugged & Rough, and Gladiator, and celebrating the mid-century graphic design of the magazine covers and interiors, Beefcake is a fun and witty tribute to male physique photography.


Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco
ISBN: 9780867194425
Release Date: 2001-06-01
Genre: Photography

The lost underground classic by Charles Gatewood and William S. Burroughs has been reprinted by Last Gasp. Sidetripping is a first hand account of sixties and seventies counterculture seen through the eyes of pioneering photographer Charles Gatewood and legendary scribe William S. Burroughs. An engaging and touching chronicle of the grotesque, surreal and liberal American underground.

A Class Apart

Author: James Gardiner
Publisher: Serpents Tail
ISBN: 1852427280
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Photography

Upstairs, downstairs--the gay, photographic version.