History, Reviews

Impotence — Craig’s story

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We came across several new reviews of Angus McLaren’s Impotence: A Cultural History floating around the ether recently, one of them on Nerve.com, a site Wikipedia describes as an “American online hipster magazine dedicated to sex, relationships and culture.” The review, written by Nerve’s Craig Davidson, begins with his own personal story about this dreaded affliction, and then segues into a more substantive review of the book. We figured we had to mention it here as it definitely qualifies as one of the more unconventional reviews any of our books has received lately.
Impotence was also reviewed in Canada’s Edmonton Journal by freelancer Karen Virag. Her piece, though a little more conventional, delivers a favorable review of McLaren’s new book:

Volumes have been published about the suppression of female sexuality. Now Angus McLaren, a University of Victoria historian, provides an extraordinarily detailed, readable, fascinating and, if you will pardon me, penetrating counterpoint on male sexuality and how it has been manipulated and exploited over the centuries by constantly morphing models of masculinity.…
McLaren set himself a delicate and difficult task—writing a scholarly yet accessible work that can be read both by the general reader and a specialist in this field. It’s clear, to this reviewer at least, that he was more than up to the task.

Read an excerpt from the book, “Two Millennia of Impotence Cures.”