Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall

Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall

A skillful hybrid of true crime and social history that examines how popular culture, the media, and the psychological profession portrayed crimes against gay men in the years leading up to the Stonewall Riots. In his skillful hybrid of true crime and cultural history, James Polchin provides an important look at how popular culture, the media, and the psychological professi A skillful hybrid of true crime and social history that examines how popular culture, the media, and the psychologica...

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Title:Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall
Author:James Polchin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1640091890
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall Reviews

  • Ryan
    Aug 08, 2019
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  • Ron Turner
    Aug 07, 2019
    It peters out towards the end, but otherwise it's an interesting look at a forgotten world when homosexuality was criminalized and sensationalized. ...
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    Jun 07, 2019
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    Jan 17, 2019
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    Jul 04, 2019
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    Aug 05, 2019
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    May 08, 2019
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    Aug 06, 2019
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  • Corey Ledin-Bristol
    Jun 14, 2019
    I am sorry to say it but this book was dull. You would think that such a topic would elicit some kind of emotions but the book us written in such a sterile, efficient style it comes across as someone just reading news articles. ...
  • Carley Moore
    Jun 06, 2019
    A must read for lovers of American history, teachers, print scholars, and anyone who is queer or cares about queer people! Polchin uncovers a lost archive through a close-reading of newspaper accounts of violence against queer men in pre-Stonewall New York. The results are fascinati...
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    Jul 13, 2019
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    Aug 19, 2019
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    Apr 09, 2019
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    Aug 05, 2019
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  • Marta
    Jun 15, 2019
    Before this book, I had not been too familiar with this part of US history, and it was interesting to read about through analysis of related news articles. The tone is meticulously researched, but that also means it feels academic - more like reading a textbook. A worthwhile read. ...
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    May 15, 2019
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  • Vette
    Jul 29, 2019
    I really tried to read this book, but it was so dull. The writing wasn't engaging and it just felt like he was listing cases that could've been attacks on or by gay men but you have to read between the lines of the language at that particular time period. The author lists cases were no...
  • Bob Nadal
    Aug 18, 2019
    A remarkable and disturbing look at the oppression of homosexuals from WWI through the 60s. James Polchin did an amazing job gathering together the psychiatry, journalism, entertainment and true crime stories from the era. He shows how they reinforced the rigid stereotypes, fears and h...
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    Jul 01, 2019
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    Jun 16, 2019
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    Aug 09, 2019
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    Jul 15, 2019
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    Aug 11, 2019
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    Jun 25, 2019
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  • AJ Burgin
    May 17, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book, and I do, to a certain extent. The central claim is solid, but it feels like a journal article that got teased out into a full-length book. There?s a lot of repetition and some pretty shallow analysis that sometimes loses the through-line. ...
  • Roy
    Jul 31, 2019
    I am Amazed in Polchin's dedication to telling queer history and including the crimes aganist gay men in a time where LGBTQ rights did not exist to right before stonewall. A must read for those who love history and true crime. ...
  • Joseph Williams
    Aug 21, 2019
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    Jun 27, 2019
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    Jul 04, 2019
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  • Eli
    Jul 03, 2019
    James Polchin?s ?Indecent Advances? takes a microscopic look at a subject mired within an American sociopolitical dark age. With a surgeon?s precision, Polchin excises ?ripped from the headlines? stories of violence against gay men between the 1920s and 1960s from the burge...