Entertainment Weekly: “Racy & Engaging!”

THREE IN LOVE: MENAGES A TROIS FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN TIMES

Writers: Michael Foster, Barbara Foster, Letha Hadady; Genre: History

Book review by L.S. Klepp:

July, 1997

Three’s company and two is downsizing. At least that’s life as seen through the six eyes of the authors, who tell us they’ve had their own menage a trois since 1981 and have written this book — a history of threesomes — to establish a pedigree. But in spite of some sketchy psychology, they have a point — well, maybe three points. Threesomes have been overlooked when not moralistically slandered; they aren’t necessarily perverse or unstable; they turn up frequently in life and art. The book offers the familiar (Lord Nelson and the Hamiltons; Henry and June Miller and Anais Nin) and some surprises (a Communist menage for Lenin, a Nazi one for Goebbels, an Imperial Twilight one for Nehru and the Mountbattens). There’s also the occasional grating noise of a definition being stretched (the Marquis de Sade’s sex life was more menagerie than menage). It’s racy and engaging, even if you think three is still, in general, a crowd.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (LifeStyle Section)

Sunday June 29, 1997

Their menage a trois is as loving and healthy as any traditional monogamous union, argue the authors of a new book. But can a threesome survive in the long run? By William R. Macklin

The authors of “Three in Love” – Barbara and Michael Foster and Letha Hadady say they have a strong bond that is intellectual, emotional and sexual. Blame it on Paris. The lights of the Eiffel Tower, the swell of traffic around the Arc de Triomphe, the hypnotic reflections of the Seine – who wouldn’t fall in love? And right across from the library where Michael Foster was researching his latest book, seated at one of those delicious Parisian cafes, was a pretty blonde.

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