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Review: Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, 1953-2016
If you are a fan of Playboy magazine or just curious about its history and impact, you might want to check out Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, 1953-2016, a lavish book that collects every nude centerfold from every issue of Playboy, from 1953 to February 2016. That's 734 stunning photos of women who have graced the pages of the iconic publication, from Marilyn Monroe to Pamela Anderson.
The book is more than just a collection of images, though. It also features decade openers from literary luminaries, such as Robert Coover, Paul Theroux, Jay McInerney, and Elizabeth Wurtzel, who offer their insights and perspectives on the cultural and aesthetic arc of the Playboy centerfold. The book also includes a foreword by Hugh Hefner, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy, who masterminded a cultural icon with his vision of beauty and sexuality.
Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, 1953-2016 is a tribute to the artistry and glamour of the Playboy centerfold, as well as a reflection of the changing times and tastes of society. It is a must-have edition for anyone who appreciates nude photography, eroticism, and pop culture.[^1^]
The book also chronicles the history and evolution of Playboy magazine, which was started by the late Hugh Hefner in 1953. [^4^] Hefner was a visionary who wanted to create a magazine that would appeal to men's interests and fantasies, as well as challenge the conservative norms of the postwar era. He borrowed $1,000 from his mother and produced the first issue of Playboy in his kitchen, featuring a nude Marilyn Monroe on the cover and as the first centerfold. [^5^] The issue was not dated, as Hefner was not sure if he would be able to publish another one. [^3^]
However, the magazine was an instant hit, selling more than 50,000 copies and establishing a loyal fan base. Over the years, Playboy expanded its scope and influence, covering topics such as politics, culture, sports, music, literature, and art. It also featured interviews with some of the most prominent and controversial figures of the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. [^2^] Playboy also supported various causes and movements, such as civil rights, free speech, women's rights, gay rights, and environmentalism. [^2^]
Playboy also became a global phenomenon, launching international editions in various countries and languages. It also spawned a multimedia empire that included television shows, movies, websites, clubs, casinos, resorts, merchandise, and events. At its peak in the early 1970s, Playboy had a circulation of more than 7 million copies per month and was one of the most influential magazines in the world. [^2^] However, it also faced challenges and controversies over the years, such as competition from other adult publications, censorship battles, lawsuits, scandals, and criticism from feminists and conservatives. [^2^] ec8f644aee