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Over the course of his life, Larry Flynt has been called a criminal, a pervert, a genius and a champion of civil rights... and, you could probably argue, at some point, all of those things have been true.
Now, back in the 60s, Larry was a young man in need of a job. He wound up buying a bar, and eventually, owned several strip clubs. He named his chain "Hustler Clubs", and promoted them with a black and white newsletter.
In 1974, Larry's newsletter became a magazine. From the very first issue, Hustler came under fire. See, Hustler pushed the boundaries of good taste; it was racier and more explicit than any magazine on the market. In 1976, Larry was arrested and tried on charges of obscenity, pandering, and organized crime. He was convicted, but the ruling was overturned on a technicality. Larry spun the case into great publicity: He ran for president, and used his platform to launch a debate about free speech. In 1978, Larry's notoriety nearly killed him: he was shot outside a Georgia courthouse, an assassination attempt that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Over the past three decades, Larry's repeatedly defended his actions in court, while simultaneously building a media empire. In 1996, his life was made into a movie, called, "The People vs. Larry Flynt", in which Larry made a cameo.
Now, Larry's got a new book, "One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History."