Playboys in Paradise: Masculinity, Youth and Leisure-Style in Modern America

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Post-war America was an exciting time. It was an age characterized by backyard barbecues and beach parties, mai-tai cocktails and Ford Mustangs, high school hops, Hawaiian shirts and Hugh Hefner's Playboy empire. This book charts middle-class America's move towards an ethos of conspicuous consumption and sexual license during the fifties and sixties. Focusing on two of the period'smost visible icons - the swinging bachelor and the vibrant teenager - this book looks at the interconnected changes that took place for American ...

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