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America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation


by Joshua Kendall,
The Boston Globe, July 20, 2013

When a friend predicted that someone would soon write his biography, sex researcher Alfred Kinsey proclaimed, “Nonsense! The progress of science depends upon knowledge. It has nothing to do with personalities.” According to journalist Joshua Kendall, Kinsey could never acknowledge that “validation for his particular sexual tastes” and his obsessive-compulsive personality disorder were the principal drivers of his scholarly work.


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