Great Sex: A Man's Guide to the Secret Principles of Total-Body Sex Hardcover – Jan 3 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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 (www.salon.com)
“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 SexSee all Product Description
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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.
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 :-)
Michael Castleman makes it clear that he's not a doctor, or a sex therapist. He does have thirty years of experience dealing with men's sexual issues, however, as an educator and a journalist. This experience shows in every chapter of GREAT SEX. The first part focuses on "The Principles of Great Sex for Men". This is where the author's main theme for the book comes in: stop trying to perform like a porn star, and start using your entire body to pleasure yourself and your partner. Each one of the senses should be involved in lovemaking, and Michael Castleman gives great examples of how to make that happen. The second part focuses on women's sexuality and well being, but keeping in mind that the book is targeted at men, this is more of a learning lesson than an owner's manual. Still, the advice and knowledge offered here is invaluable. In the third part, the author focuses on blending the best of both male and female sexual issues. Birth control, oral pleasure, aphrodisiacs - you name it, you'll find it here.
Somehow managing to avoid sounding clinical and detached, and yet also maintaining a friendly, conversational tone throughout the book, Michael Castleman offers a remarkably comprehensive tome between the covers of this hardbound book. Pick it up today if you're looking for a new way to please yourself, and your partner. You may be surprised at what you didn't know, and how much more satisfying your sex life can be.
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.Read more ›
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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.Published on Feb. 23 2013 by Roger Q Thanh
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. Read morePublished on June 3 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... Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Robert W. Croskery
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