The Down-Low on the Decade of Debauchery (Or, How We Got to ‘Here’)

A sexual history of the 1990s when the Baby Boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue. A definitive look at the captains of the culture wars — and an indispensable road map for understanding how we got to the Trump Teens.

The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido examines the scandal-strafed decade when our public and private lives began to blur due to the rise of the web, reality television, and the wholesale tabloidization of pop culture.

In this comprehensive and often hilarious time capsule, David Friend combines detailed reporting with first-person accounts from many of the decade’s singular personalities, from Anita Hill to Monica Lewinsky, Lorena Bobbitt to Heidi Fleiss, Alan Cumming to Joan Rivers, Jesse Jackson to key members of the Clinton, Dole, and Bush teams.

The Naughty Nineties also uncovers unsung sexual pioneers, from the enterprising sisters who dreamed up the Brazilian bikini wax to the scientists who, quite by accident, discovered Viagra.

***A SCREW Must-Read, it’s available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and audiobook. Get it now at Amazon.

About The Author

David Friend, an editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11. The former director of photography of Life, he is also a journalist, curator, and documentary producer of such films as 9/11 (for which Friend won an Emmy), MLK/FBI (which was shortlisted for an Oscar), and Lakota Nation Vs. United States.

—PP

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