By Robert Evans
"Mixing technology, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a shiny photo of ways undesirable conduct equipped the realm we all know and love."
—David Wong, writer of John Dies on the End
History hasn't ever been extra fun—or extra intoxicating.
weapons, germs, and metal may need reworked us from hunter-gatherers into sleek guy, yet booze, intercourse, trash speak, and tripping outfitted our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged study and vigorous perception to discover the various and luxurious methods vice has inspired historical past, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a tremendous victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create—and destroy—South America's first empire. And Evans is going deeper than just writing approximately historic debauchery; he recreates a few of history's most pleasurable (and so much painful) vices and comprises publications so that you can stick to alongside at domestic. You’ll find out how to:
• Trip like a Greek philosopher.
• Rave like your Stone Age ancestors.
• Get under the influence of alcohol like a Sumerian.
• Smoke a nostril pipe like a pre–Columbian local American.
A occasion of the courageous, drunken pioneers who outfitted our civilization one probably undesirable choice at a time, A short background of Vice explores an aspect of the prior that mainstream background books like to disguise.
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