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By Robert Evans

"Mixing technological know-how, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a bright photo of ways undesirable behavior outfitted 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 have remodeled us from hunter-gatherers into sleek guy, yet booze, intercourse, trash speak, and tripping equipped our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged study and vigorous perception to discover the various and sumptuous methods vice has prompted heritage, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a big 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 old debauchery; he recreates a few of history's most pleasurable (and so much painful) vices and contains courses so that you can keep on with alongside at domestic. You’ll learn the way to:
• Trip like a Greek philosopher.
• Rave like your Stone Age ancestors.
• Get inebriated like a Sumerian.
• Smoke a nostril pipe like a pre–Columbian local American.

A party of the courageous, drunken pioneers who equipped our civilization one doubtless undesirable selection at a time, A short historical past of Vice explores a facet of the previous that mainstream historical past books like to conceal.

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It’s easy to imagine some starving ancient human shoveling a handful of decomposing marula fruit down his throat and, a few seconds later, realizing he felt fucking excellent. But the story of humankind’s introduction to alcohol actually starts much earlier, before men or women or anything remotely human ever existed. Our ability to metabolize alcohol, and thus get drunk, originated in some of the very first primates on earth. The enzyme ADH4 is what lets us (and gorillas and monkeys) digest alcohol, and the variation of this enzyme that lets our species appreciate the ethanol in a whiskey sour first showed up around ten million years ago.

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