History Laid Bare Paperback – Jan 12 1995
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A book that illuminates the underbelly of history, telling you about everything that your history teacher never did. From Cleopatra's seduction of Marc Antony to Leonardo DaVinci's dirty jokes, from the virginity tests of Joan of Arc to Toulouse Lautrec's admiration of redheads, Zacks digs up the dirt on the celebrities of yesteryear.
From Library Journal
According to columnist and investigative reporter Zacks ( The Atlantic Monthly , Time , and more), human sexuality has been stripped from our history books by overzealous Victorians and prudish scholars. Thus, we have been spared exposure to Mark Twain's eloquent diatribe against masturbation or medieval German priest Burchard's catalog of 200 different sexual sins and their punishments dating back to 1012. Attempting to amuse, enlighten, and fill in the gaps, Zacks compiles a collection of revealing stories, fragments, and vignettes culled from the letters, court cases, doctor's reports, travel notebooks, diaries, and texts of the famous and not-so-famous. When placed end to end, these accounts create an anecdotal time line of human sexuality. However, the quality level of the entries is inconsistent and, given their fragmentary nature, devoid of historical context. Despite its few eyebrow-raising entries, this title is not recommended.
- David R. Johnson, Louisiana State Univ. Lib., Eunice
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
out of the past leaving a shell of battle dates and wars.
I never really cared about that. This book puts back what
history teachers (and time) took out: The Smut!
This book is an easy read as it has a lot of humor served in
doses of one to two paragraphs. The subject is not wartime
strategies...well, not on the battlefield. Cleopatra's
seduction of Marc Anthony was better planned than most
military skirmishes, and was far more successful with only
one moonstruck casualty.
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves history,
and even for those that found it tedious in school. It is
essentually a fun and frisky romp through the bedrooms of