Book Two of this two-part publication traces the history of sex from the Victorian Era to present day.
But the truth is about to come out.
Thomas is a gifted storyteller.
With the invention of sin came the construction of women as subordinate beings to men.
A gay love affair between President James Buchanan and Senator William King aided the secession movement.
The colorful sex lives of America's most powerful leaders have influenced social movements, government policies, elections and even wars, yet they are so whitewashed by historians that people think Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln were made of marble, not flesh and blood.
These taboos filtered into the lives of Bronze and Iron Age men and women who lived in city-states and empires.
By far the most influential work on the history of the body, across a wide range of academic disciplines, remains that of Thomas Laqueur.