A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization by Robert Evans

A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization

byRobert Evans

Kobo ebook | August 9, 2016

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A celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time, A Brief History of Vice explores a side of the past that mainstream history books prefer to hide. History has never been more fun—or more intoxicating.

Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create—and destroy—South America's first empire. And Evans goes deeper than simply writing about ancient debauchery; he recreates some of history's most enjoyable (and most painful) vices and includes guides so you can follow along at home.

You’ll learn how to:

• Trip like a Greek philosopher.
• Rave like your Stone Age ancestors.
• Get drunk like a Sumerian.
• Smoke a nose pipe like a pre–Columbian Native American.

“Mixing science, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a vivid picture of how bad habits built the world we know and love.”—David Wong, author of John Dies at the End

Title:A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built CivilizationFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0698407032

ISBN - 13:9780698407039

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different, Entertaining and Informative In this book, the author explores the potential origins and evolutions of various human vices and their status today. Some of the vices examined are use of alcohol, tobacco, prostitution, sex toys, masturbation, coffee, a whole variety of drugs of varying types and potencies to name a few. Throughout, recipes/experiments are outlined, as consumed/performed by the author (including his results) for the reader’s perusal and possible replication. The prose is lively, accessible, friendly, often quite humorous and, well, colorful. Overall, I learned quite a bit from this book. And although it was not quite what I was expecting, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-09