Napoleon's Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 256 pages
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When Tony Perrottet heard that Napoleon's "baguette" had been stolen by his disgruntled doctor a few days after the Emperor's death, he rushed out to New Jersey. Why? Because that's where an eccentric American collector who had purchased Napoleon's member at a Parisian auction now kept the actual relic in an old suitcase under his bed.

The story of Napoleon's privates triggered Perrottet's quest to research other such exotic sagas from history, to discover the actual evidence behind the most famous age-old mysteries: Did Churchill really send condoms of a surprising size to Stalin? Were champagne glasses really molded upon Marie Antoinette's breasts? What was JFK's real secret service? What were Casanova's best pickup lines? Napoleon's Privates is filled with offbeat, riotously entertaining anecdotes that are guaranteed to amaze, shock, and enliven any dinner party.

 

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quirky little book for the history buff

User Review  - Anjanette R - Borders

Just like the title says, there is a lot in this book about Napoleon's "littler corporal". But aside from that, it's chock full of some of the most interesting, appaling, and quirky bits of history ... Read full review

Contents

Welcome to the Secret Cabinet
1
Why Castrati Made Better Lovers ad 1720
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Sex and the Renaissance Nun ad 1450
14
Napoleon Is Dead Long Live Napoleons Privates ad 1821
20
Where Are They Now?
27
The Nazi Dictators Other Ball ad 1945
40
MoreThan Justa Pretty Face? Giacomo Casanova ad 1764
47
Contents
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Holy Guide to Coital Positions ad1215
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The Marquis de Sades MotherinLaw ad 1763
138
The Invention of the Restaurant
145
The Monster Fig Leafof Florence ad 1504
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What Was J Edgar Hoovers Favorite Party Outfit?fi ad 1958
164
Birth of the Celebrity Chef
170
Three Minutes with the Emperor
177
Of Saints and Supermodels ad1375
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Contents
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When George Met Sally ad 1760
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Catherine the Great and the Horsey Affair ad 1796
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About the author (2009)

A long-term denizen of Manhattan, Tony Perrottet is the author of Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists and The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Greek Games. His irreverent yet thoroughly researched approach to history has made him a regular contributor to Smithsonian Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside, The Believer, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times, with frequent appearances on NPR radio and the History Channel, where he has discussed everything from the Crusades to the birth of disco.

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