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Great Sex: A Man's Guide to the Secret Principles of Total-Body Sex [Hardcover]

Michael Castleman
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Jan. 3 2004
Do you want to be a great lover and enjoy consistently great sex? Would you like reliable erections that don't wilt in the middle of lovemaking? Would you like superb ejaculatory control? Would you like your penis to be as large as it possibly can be? Do you want women to sing your sexual praises? All these sexual benefits can be yours if you read Great Sex and take its message to heart.

Author Michael Castleman is the nation's top journalist specializing in men's sexuality. He has been a sex educator, counselor, and writer for 30 years, including 5 years as the expert who answered the sex questions submitted to the Playboy Advisor. Written with the help of an advisory board that includes some of the nation's leading sex therapists, Great Sex is certain to help you overcome your sex problems; become a better, more confident lover; and enjoy the sex of your dreams.

Castleman's message is surprisingly simple: Stop imitating the rushed, all-genital sex you see in pornography. Instead, cultivate the opposite: leisurely, playful, total-body, massage-based lovemaking that includes the genitals, of course, but is not focused on them.

Sex inspired by pornography is a major reason why men think their penises are too small and why they have erection and ejaculatory problems. With wit, wisdom, and down-to-earth sympathy for men, Castleman discusses his own penis--like yours, it's a little too small--and his own struggles with balky erections, rapid ejaculation, and not expressing orgasm at all. Then, based on state-of-the-art sex therapy techniques, leading sexology texts, and almost 400 medical journal articles, he reveals how to overcome these issues and enjoy a satisfying and exciting sex life.

What's more, the sexual style Castleman advocates is the way most women prefer to make love. Take Castleman's advice and you'll benefit by having a lover who is more arousable, responsive, enthusiastic, and complimentary. In other words, when you embrace sensual, creative, whole-body lovemaking, everybody wins. You have fewer sex problems. The woman you love gets what she wants in bed. And you both enjoy sex that's hotter, more erotic, and more fulfilling.

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In this comprehensive sex manual, Castleman, a sex educator, counselor and journalist specializing in men's sexuality, leads readers through the pleasures and pitfalls of heterosexual copulation and its accoutrements. Illustrated with artful charcoal drawings and peppered with bon mots like "great sex is a combination of friction and fantasy," the book breezily covers a wide swath of the sexual arena, everything from the perennial libido crusher, male impotence, to questions of hygiene, like female douching. The author doesn't really reveal any new "secret principles." The Q&A section, for example, covers the same topics that most on-air sex therapists have been discussing since the sixties: e.g. "During sex with my girlfriend/wife, I have fantasies of other women. Is that okay?" and "Is it okay to masturbate as much as I do?" Still, Castleman does arrange and clearly present a wealth of information-from descriptions of the sexual positions that are most likely to bring a woman to orgasm to a careful discussion of how couples can regain intimacy in the wake a sexual trauma, such as abuse, rape or stalking. Combined with the author's calm, practical tone, such breadth is likely to win him many readers. 25 b/w illustrations.
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"Every man who cares about making a woman happy in bed should read Michael Castleman's Great Sex--not only for its authoritative information, but because it actually answers the question: What do women want?"--Karen Croft, sex editor of Salon magazine (

"After reading Great Sex, all I can say is: His wife is one lucky woman."--Betty Dodson, Ph.D., sexologist and author of Sex for One and Orgasms for Two

"Michael Castleman is a regular guy who speaks men's language and explains clearly and persuasively why slow, sensual sex is the key to both men's and women's erotic pleasure. Every man who wants to be a great lover should read Great Sex. And every woman who wants more satisfying sex should buy it for the man she loves." --Michael Jonas, co-developer of the sensual couple games An Enchanting Evening and SexSational, and co-author of The Book of Love, Laughter, and Romance

"Castleman will teach you how to rock a woman"s world while getting exactly what you want in the process." --Nicole Beland, Men's Health magazine columnist and author of Ask the Men's Health Girl Next Door

"Men and women will thank Michael Castleman for his advice to toss the porn and pick up a bottle of massage oil. Castleman provides men with the tools to discover truly great sex--and he gives women a reason to celebrate!" --Anne Semans, co-author of The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex

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5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is WOW. June 2 2004
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I picked up this book because of the sexy cover. I had two problems: premature ejaculation, and a desire difference in my relationship--I wanted to have sex more often than my girlfriend. I thought my premature ejaculation made her turn off to sex. Well, the chapter on lasting longer fixed me up in like a month. It was amazing. Simple suggestions. And all of a sudden I had really good control, could last pretty much as long as I wanted. Amazing. If this was all I got from the book, it would be well worth the price. But lasting longer didn't fix our desire difference. I still wanted it more than her--much more because now premature ejaculation wasn't a problem anymore. So I flipped to the chapter on desire differences. Very interesting. We both read it and talked about it. It helped. We took some of the suggestions. We started scheduling our sex, making an evening of it. I still want sex more than she does. But our difference is less of a problem than it was. Great book. Thank you, Michael Castleman. Thank you very much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Sex Guide Feb. 23 2013
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"Great sex" is great! It shows you a lot of what you need to know to have great sex. Buy it, it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fathers Day gift!! June 3 2004
By A Customer
Being a woman I can honestly say "Every man should own this book"! Ladies, do yourself a favor and go get this book for you husbands, boyfriends, etc. - you and your partner will be happy you did!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for men and women :-) June 3 2004
This is a truly great book, written in an open, down-to-earth style that makes it accessible to everyone. It's a comprehensive, exhaustive guide that covers everything from rapid ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, to introducing new things sexually and dealing with desire differences in relationships. I particularly like and appreciate the fact that the author shares his own experiences with many of these issues - his compassion and empathy really shines through. And I especially like the fact that he offers several different possible treatment options for each issue, including alternative methods as well. This is definitely not a rigid, cookie-cutter approach to resolving sexual issues.
And I also recommend this book *everywhere* :-) In fact, I think so much of it, I even bought a copy for my friend's teenage son. This is the kind of sex women (and men) long for, and unfortunately so rarely achieve. But with this book, sensual, hot, intensely erotic sex is not only possible, but inevitable.
Finally, although it's geared more toward guys, it's definitely not just for them. It's a great resource for women to learn about their partners and even about themselves. In fact, now that I think about it, this should be required reading for everyone :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SEX June 2 2004
Michael, I thought the book was excellent. The promise of so many sex books is a little like the promotions of programs on how to be a great real estate investor: mostly promise and hype, less that is useful. Your book, by contrast, is thorough, well informed, easy to read and practical.
I thank you for this important contribution to the literature, and I am recommending it.(...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish This Book Was Written 25 Years Ago June 2 2004
By Miranda
I am a healthy, happily married and successful 47 year old civil engineer whose SEX LIFE JUST GOT ALOT BETTER!!! Mastery of physics, structural math, hydraulics etc. are "critical to doing my job correctly and with finesse". As such, my sincere thanks to Castleman for writing such a thorough guide to help couples enjoy even more satisfaction from one of life's greatest pleasures.
I first noticed the book "Great Sex" in the car of a newly graduated engineer that I hired for the firm only a few weeks ago. Everyone in the office had already noticed that he enjoys "quite the active social life" -- so curiousity made me buy this book.
My Opinion -- Reading and implementing "Great Sex" techniques improves sex lives.
Personal Fact -- My wife now says with an inviting smile, "I am proof that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks";););)
Have fun,
Happy Harry
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Not everybody has had the advantage of being taught the fundamentals of sexual relations, method and protocol. No birds-and-the-bees lecture, no sex education in high school, no useful advice from "more experienced" friends. No wonder there's a plethora of frigidity and premature ejaculation, the unspoken secret among couples. And why Americans are so cranky these days.
GREAT SEX by Michael Castleman is a refreshing guidebook to sexuality for novices, veterans, and students. It takes The Joy of Sex to its ultimate (excuse the pun) climax. Mr. Castleman speaks to men and women of all ages and gender preferences in a friendly, informative voice. He is less clinical than Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex and more comprehensive than Our Bodies, Ourselves.
You may think that you know EVERYTHING having to do with sexual performance, sexual health, sexual faux-pas, and/or how to enhance your peak experience. I can assure you without meeting you, you are incorrect. This book is comprehensive in these topics and then some, and I would safely predict it will become a classic reference in a very short period of time.
Mr. Castleman deals with topics that men are loathe to even discuss with their personal physicians, such as premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. He not only explains the physiology of each condition, but also offers advice on how partners can give support and make remedial exercises fun and part of sexual relations. Mr. Castleman offers a particularly sensitive chapter on how readers can rebuild their sexual relationship with their partners who have suffered a sexual assault.
And for readers who yearn for adventure and imagination, there is an entire chapter on aphrodisiacs. Not your grandpa's Spanish Fly, I can assure you.
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