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TIME Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017

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There were many sides to Hugh Hefner, and his legacy will long be debated and remain complicated. Was he a sophisticated champion of American sexuality or an opportunist who exploited women ? Undoubtedly the truth about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner lies somewhere in between. Now, in a new Commemorative Edition from TIME – Hugh Hefner, the publisher, entrepreneur and cultural icon is examined through essays and photographs. From his conservative upbringing and early, uninspiring career to the launch of Playboy and an empire, it is all laid bare. Outside of the glitz and glamour of the magazine, the mansion, the plane, and the clubs, there was also the Hugh Hefner who used his platforms to promote equality across racial, sexual and gender divides. His long and complicated relationship with women and feminism is explored, including his decades-long feud with Gloria Steinem, and of course, there were the Bunnies. Filled with iconic photographs, Hef, “in his own words,” and more, this Commemorative Edition paints a balanced portrait of a complicated legacy.

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