cover image Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream

Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream

Steven Watts. Blackstone Audiobooks, $39.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4332-4924-2

Watts, a history professor turned biographer, analyzes the life and times of Hugh Hefner in this fascinating biography. Relating Hef's departure from Esquire magazine and subsequent role as editor-in-chief of Playboy, the story offers readers new insights into the life of one of the most renowned entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Ray Porter gives a rousing, commanding reading that exercises his captivating voice. His strong voice contains a certain journalistic integrity that holds the listener's attention, and his unbiased tone allows listeners to draw their own conclusions about Hefner. A Wiley hardcover (Reviews, July 28).