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  1. Heartthrob: A Hundred Years of Beautiful Men
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  2. Heartthrob: A Hundred Years of Beautiful Men

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The twentieth century has given us that male phenomenon who, with the wink of an eye and the flash of a gleaming smile, can send whole populations into near-hysteria--the heartthrob. Over the last hundred years the male ideal has shifted through myriad categories, and readers will find them all here in this dazzling array of heart-stopping faces, from Robert Mitchum and Robert Redford to Matt Damon and Leonardo di Caprio.

This lavish photographic celebration is the result of years of combing the finest archives for the best images, many of which have rarely been seen. Personal recollections, written especially for the book by some of the beset-known figures in fashion, film, photography, and literature--including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Tyson Beckford, Isaac Mizrahi, Geoffrey Beene, Gloria Steinem, Helen Gurley Brown, Nancy Friday, Eileen Ford, and Herb Ritts--explore the allure of the mediagenic male as he has evolved over time.

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Donald F. Reuter
Brand: Universe
1st U.S. Edition, 1st Printing
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I purchased this book in hopes of finding a unique photo book displaying men being men to help with some photography ideas I'm working on. For that purpose alone, I'm slightly disappointed with this book. Most of the pictures in here are of an very older, almost vintage age, showing celebrities of earlier eras. Yes, there are a few modern celebrity shots in here, but very few. The pictures included aren't highly flattering either; in fact, I found myself asking why'd they choose this one. Those disappointing expectations aside, it was still a very interesting book that includes brief tidbits about each celebrity and so forth.
This large-format hardback is a treasure-trove of male beauty,reaching back to a time decades before the media or the public were as celebrity-obsessed as they are now. Some things though have always been with us,thankfully, such as the admiration of a handsome face. There are the obvious hunks as well as some lovely surprises showing the beauty of men as diverse as Nick Adams, Wayne Gretzky, Guy Madison and Bob Conrad. Some of these guys were never household names,but their beauty is captured here.
A few highlights: the full page portrait of the magnificent Rock Hudson, a full page picture of the stunning Jon-Erik Hexum who could probably be the subject of his own book ,and a great photo of James Garner (I have never seen him looking this good).
A picture book of 200-odd beautiful male celebrities, mostly movie stars, from the days of Valentino to the days of Leonardo DiCaprio. Most are "glamour" shots, face and torso, with only very occasionally a shirt unbuttoned or removed. Some curious omissions, and some extremely curious inclusions, but I guess beauty is a matter of personal taste.
However, the commentary is terrible. No discussion of the social and cultural trends that impacted concepts of male beauty, just insipid rantings and quotes with no citation. And Reuters is oddly homophobic. Over and over, he tells us about "armies of female fans (and I'm sure a few male)" and "eyes that made women (and a few men) melt." Why are the male fans dismissed over and over in tentative asides in a book marketed specifically to them? How about "armies of male and female fans" and "eyes that made men and women melt?"
It also seems very curious that the biography paragraphs (in such small print that you need a magnifying... Read more
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