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Selected Book Reviews of Alfred C. Kinsey
by James H. Jones

In October 1997, a new and controversial biography of Alfred Kinsey, was published: James H. Jones' Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life (W.W. Norton, 1997). This page has been developed in response to inquiries received by The Kinsey Institute for comments on the Jones' biography. John Bancroft, M.D., Director, is preparing a review of reviews for publication in 1998. The list below includes selected reviews that the Institute believes provide useful critiques of Jones' book.

Book Reviews

  • "Father of the Sexual Revolution"
    by Richard Rhodes, New York Times, November 2, 1997
    (First-time visitors to the New York Times will need to register before being able to access this review.)

  • "Jones: Alfred C. Kinsey"
    by Martin Duberman, The Nation, November 3, 1997
    (For more on the November 3, 1997 issue of The Nation, search its archives.)

  • "Sexual Behavior in the Social Scientist: Was Alfred Kinsey a Pioneer or a Pervert?"
    by Thomas Laqueur, SLATE, November 4, 1997
    (Only subscribers to SLATE may access the full text of the review.)

Earlier biographies of Dr. Kinsey are by Cornelia Christenson (Kinsey: A Biography, Indiana University Press, 1971) and Wardell Pomeroy (Dr. Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research, Harper & Row, 1972. The most recent biography is Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy's Alfred C. Kinsey: Sex the Measure of All Things. London: Chatto & Windus, 1998.

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