A (Brief) History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization

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Penguin, 2016 - Humor - 259 pages
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

 

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Contents

MusicThe First Drug?
14
Celebrity Worship and the Greek
32
How Drunken Parties Birthed and Broke
45
How Bad Behavior Saved Civilization
70
GodstitutionThe Hidden History
85
Drugs the Birth of Religion and How
103
Ancient Greek Acid and the Birth of Science
120
Tobacco and MarijuanaTwins Displaced by Time
131
Drugged Cultures and Acid Wars
147
The Shrub That Conquered the World
169
The CoffeeDrinking Bad Boys of Ancient Islam
181
How We Evolved to Be Kinky
199
The Hijacking of Genius A Deep History of Designer Drugs
216
The Curious History of Salamander Brandy Conclusion Acknowledgments
257
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About the author (2016)

Robert Evans is an editorial manager at Cracked.com. His articles rack up an average of sixty-four million views a year. He was a contributor to the bestselling You Might Be a Zombie and The De-Textbook.

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