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Great Sex: A Man's Guide to the Secret Principles of Total-Body Sex Hardcover – Jan 3 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (Jan. 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547370
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 630 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #620,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I write the "Sex Matters" message board for Nearly every day I receive a question that leads me to recommend Castleman's book "Great Sex."
The book is great for men who want to learn to last longer. Castleman walked himself through unlearning his rapid ejaculation, so there's nothing quite like hearing it from someone who has already been through it and left it behind.
It tackles all the main topics that you would expect and adds some that affect many men but are not often mentioned -- difficulty with ejaculation, what to do when sex is a challenge for HER, how men should get involved in birth control (not just condoms), and understanding a woman's body.
Last week I recommended it to an 18-year old who said he didn't want to make a lot of mistakes when he had his first sexual experiences with a woman. It's also great for people with illness since there are lists of medications that affect erection, the ability to ejaculate, and sexual desire. Those lists make it something every physician should have. It's a detailed and rich book.
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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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