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

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A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization Read Online Free - From an editor at the popular humor site Cracked.com and one of the writers of the bestselling You Might Be a Zombie and The De-Textbook, a rollicking look at vice throughout history, complete with instructions for re-creating debauchery at home.

Part history lesson, part how-to guide, A Brief History of Vice includes interviews with experts and original experimentation to bring readers a history of some of humanity's most prominent vices, along with explanations for how each of them helped humans rise to the top of the food chain. Evans connects the dots between coffee and its Islamic origins, the drug ephedra and Mormons, music and Stonehenge, and much more. Chapters also include step-by-step guides for re-creating prehistoric debauchery in your modern life based on Evans's firsthand fieldwork. Readers won't just learn about the beer that destroyed South America's first empire; they'll learn how to make it.

Title : A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization
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ISBN : 0147517605
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 260 pages


Shaun rated it ★★★☆☆

September 04, 2016

I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. If you are familiar with Cracked magazine and enjoy it, you might enjoy this general overview of vice in history. It covers everything from drug use (a lot of different types of drug use) to sex. The humor is sophomo...

Anders rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2016

Are you looking for a funny, somewhat decently researched book about sex and drugs and trash talking, with some trivia that will impress your friends and step by step guides to getting high like people in ancient times? If that is what you seek, then this is the book for you. In contrast to the im...

Melissa rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 09, 2017

An ok but mostly forgettable book. It's really just meant to be fun, and that's fine. Human vices contributed some things to society, but it's really an exaggeration to say vice "built civilization." It's just wishful thinking, really. The title is like the book version of clickbait. It worked, i...

Allisonlcarter rated it ★★★★☆

July 30, 2017

So, this was written by a guy from Cracked and it reads like a book-length Cracked article. Which is not a criticism, just a note. And beneath all the dick jokes there's a thoughtful book that delves into the role of ritual in the use of illicit substances, how things like music can be a drug and...

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2017

Evans is an editor at Cracked.com, and how much you enjoy this book is closely related to how much you can tolerate their house style. The premise is pretty simple, pop science focusing on sex, drugs, and rock and roll, looking at how people in the past got high, and how you can do the same. The...

Heather rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 28, 2018

Nope. Sorry. Not for me. This was a straight-up chore to get through. Felt like a Buzzfeed article. Not my jam. **I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Paul rated it ★★★★★

March 06, 2018

a wonderfully written look into the "sleazier" side of history, that in the end was an extremely interesting, eye opening and hilarious experience

Will rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2016

Robert Evans does not leave anything to pure speculation here. If a writer's going to wax about the rituals and particulars of ancient drugs, the writer's going to have to commit to the science. A Brief History of Vice chronicles the research, the experience, and the aftermath of every experiment...

Ana rated it ★★★★★

November 18, 2017

Before reading this I thought vices like drinking or lying were something good people fought to eliminate from their behavior. Now I understand how they are a part of evolution and how they have shaped and will continue to shape society. Part historical account of major drugs and vices (everything...

Lenny rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2016

This book was wonderful. You learn, you laugh, you travel back in time. Robert Evans is on that cutting edge of entertaining educationalism. Think of it as Hunter S. Thompson mixed with Jon Oliver mixed with....someone who's famous for knowing a lot about history.

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