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When Tony Perrottet heard that Napoleon's "baguette" had been stolen by his disgruntled doctor a few days after the Emperor's death, he rushed out to New Jersey. Why? Because that's where an eccentric American collector who had purchased Napoleon's member at a Parisian auction now kept the actual relic in an old suitcase under his bed. The story of Napoleon's privates trigg When Tony Perrottet heard that Napoleon's "baguette" had been stolen by his disgruntled doctor a few days after the Emperor's death, he rushed out to New Jersey. Why? Because that's where an eccentric American collector who had purchased Napoleon's member at a Parisian auction now kept the actual relic in an old suitcase under his bed. The story of Napoleon's privates triggered Perrottet's quest to research other such exotic sagas from history, to discover the actual evidence behind the most famous age-old mysteries: Did Churchill really send condoms of a surprising size to Stalin? Were champagne glasses really molded upon Marie Antoinette's breasts? What was JFK's real secret service? What were Casanova's best pickup lines? Napoleon's Privates is filled with offbeat, riotously entertaining anecdotes that are guaranteed to amaze, shock, and enliven any dinner party.


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When Tony Perrottet heard that Napoleon's "baguette" had been stolen by his disgruntled doctor a few days after the Emperor's death, he rushed out to New Jersey. Why? Because that's where an eccentric American collector who had purchased Napoleon's member at a Parisian auction now kept the actual relic in an old suitcase under his bed. The story of Napoleon's privates trigg When Tony Perrottet heard that Napoleon's "baguette" had been stolen by his disgruntled doctor a few days after the Emperor's death, he rushed out to New Jersey. Why? Because that's where an eccentric American collector who had purchased Napoleon's member at a Parisian auction now kept the actual relic in an old suitcase under his bed. The story of Napoleon's privates triggered Perrottet's quest to research other such exotic sagas from history, to discover the actual evidence behind the most famous age-old mysteries: Did Churchill really send condoms of a surprising size to Stalin? Were champagne glasses really molded upon Marie Antoinette's breasts? What was JFK's real secret service? What were Casanova's best pickup lines? Napoleon's Privates is filled with offbeat, riotously entertaining anecdotes that are guaranteed to amaze, shock, and enliven any dinner party.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    Who would guess that a detached penis could be such a collector's item? I wouldn't want one, but apparently, Napoleon, Rasputin, Tutankhamen and John Dillinger's wieners were once highly-sought-after souvenirs. (Owning all "Teaspoons of the 50 States" just isn't enough for some people, I guess.) This book is crammed full of fun facts about many activities enjoyed by humans, including sex, drugs, entertainment and eating. Read this and be the star-attraction (or biggest bore) at your next cocktail Who would guess that a detached penis could be such a collector's item? I wouldn't want one, but apparently, Napoleon, Rasputin, Tutankhamen and John Dillinger's wieners were once highly-sought-after souvenirs. (Owning all "Teaspoons of the 50 States" just isn't enough for some people, I guess.) This book is crammed full of fun facts about many activities enjoyed by humans, including sex, drugs, entertainment and eating. Read this and be the star-attraction (or biggest bore) at your next cocktail party or water cooler gathering! Amaze and astound your friends by revealing that Catherine the Great's predilection for all things horsey has been greatly exaggerated. Expound on that time King James V paid a Scottish wench a gold coin for carrying him on her back across a river. And smirk delightedly as you relate how General Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the staunchly anti-gay Boy Scouts, got his jollies photographing his young scouts swimming naked. I could go on and on, but you'll have more fun reading this one yourself. Well, what the heck. Here's one more... This one concerns the always outspoken Winston Churchill. During WWII, the British Prime Minister was asked by Stalin to help out with the Russian army's serious condom shortage. Churchill ordered a special batch of condoms made at double regular size, then had them shipped to Russia with the label "Made in Britain -- Medium." What a card! I wonder if his penis is for sale...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    OK, I admit it...this type of book is my literary guilty pleasure. I know it isn't highbrow literature, but I still get a charge out of it. Mr Perrotet has gathered interesting historical tidbits from a number of sources to give us a sampling of the foibles and failings of some notable personages throughout history. Oddly, I found little to laugh at here...Napoleon's tiny penis might be funny to some, but I find it sad that people find humor in a physical aberration over which one has no control OK, I admit it...this type of book is my literary guilty pleasure. I know it isn't highbrow literature, but I still get a charge out of it. Mr Perrotet has gathered interesting historical tidbits from a number of sources to give us a sampling of the foibles and failings of some notable personages throughout history. Oddly, I found little to laugh at here...Napoleon's tiny penis might be funny to some, but I find it sad that people find humor in a physical aberration over which one has no control. The true value in a book of this type is that it shows the reader how wrong we are to idolize any other human being: too few live blameless lives or are possessed of a character totally above reproach. Within these pages you will learn the sordid details of the personal lives of Presidents and Popes. I learned that Slick Willy was far from the first to nail a White House intern, and that it probably wouldn't have been safe for me to sleep over at the homes of most of my boyhood heroes. And the Popes...well, it makes me wonder why anyone has any respect for the office at all. A worthwhile but inconsequential read, I found it hard to put down. 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4. Read it, and quit worshipping people; if everyone's secrets were known, there would be no heroes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    A very enjoyable read whether straight through or as a pickup during odd times. The short sections made the latter easy. It's quite a collection of sexual trivia over 2500 years & it piqued my curiosity about a lot of other history. It provided a lot of continuity to other historical books I've read & was very well documented. It is very interesting how our sexual mores have changed & it gave great insight, without being the least offensive. For instance, there were several sections on homosexua A very enjoyable read whether straight through or as a pickup during odd times. The short sections made the latter easy. It's quite a collection of sexual trivia over 2500 years & it piqued my curiosity about a lot of other history. It provided a lot of continuity to other historical books I've read & was very well documented. It is very interesting how our sexual mores have changed & it gave great insight, without being the least offensive. For instance, there were several sections on homosexuality, including the origin of the term & how it was treated over the years. From the days of the ancient Greeks, when it was expected that an older man would 'tutor' young men (only from a superior position & it was scandalous to have relations with another older man) to misunderstandings about bed sharing practices, a pretty clear picture emerges that shows just how narrow minded we were before the current sexual revolution. This probably isn't a book for the serious historian, but for someone interested in history & sex (aren't we all?) it was a fun read & I highly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    This book is excellent! It's the equivalent of the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll of history (especially the sex)! Students would enjoy studying history a whole lot more if this book were on the list of required reading. All the better, the book is thoroughly researched, with sources listed for further reading. I like that the book is divided into short chapters, making it easy to read just a little at a time. Also, the sources are given at the end of each chapter, so anyone wanting to study the topic This book is excellent! It's the equivalent of the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll of history (especially the sex)! Students would enjoy studying history a whole lot more if this book were on the list of required reading. All the better, the book is thoroughly researched, with sources listed for further reading. I like that the book is divided into short chapters, making it easy to read just a little at a time. Also, the sources are given at the end of each chapter, so anyone wanting to study the topic further doesn't have to wade through a a long list of titles at the end of the book. AND there is an index, always a plus to me. I laughed out loud while reading this book, and I learned new things. (There's no evidence that Catherine the Great died while trying to have sexual relations with a stallion.) I highly recommend this entertaining and informative book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pocki

    I was checking out the bargain section of B&N with two friends and found this on the history shelf. Only the spine was showing, which only says "Napoleon's Privates". Being in a silly mood I laughed and pointed it out to my friends, thinking that it was a book about privates in Napoleon's army but you know… privates, teehee, we all have childish humor. One of my friends bent to pick it up, making me and the other friend both go "Noooo! Don't ruin the fun!" She still picked it up, chuckled and we I was checking out the bargain section of B&N with two friends and found this on the history shelf. Only the spine was showing, which only says "Napoleon's Privates". Being in a silly mood I laughed and pointed it out to my friends, thinking that it was a book about privates in Napoleon's army but you know… privates, teehee, we all have childish humor. One of my friends bent to pick it up, making me and the other friend both go "Noooo! Don't ruin the fun!" She still picked it up, chuckled and went "I don't think this ruins it…" No, it definitely didn't. What it did was making me buy the book. I'm a sucker for cheeky/unusual facts. And it's not for nothing that Horrible Histories (if you don't know what it is, check it out. Kid's show but oh it's hilarious for grown ups and some jokes are totally for us. the HH books are not as good though, a bit outdated) is one of my favorite shows. Actually this books is sort of like Horrible Histories for grown ups. Lots of stuff tied to sex (be it Napoleon's privates, Marquis de Sade or syphilis) but also other things you most likely never learned in history class. I loved the short chapters and drastic changes in subject and time. It's the kind of book you can read a few pages of and then put down cause you got your little nugget of information. I however read half the book in one sitting. I also appreciate the references at the end of each chapter. It shows that it's not based on rumours and gives me somewhere to go if I want to learn more. So yes, I'd certainly recommend this book if you like getting bite sized pieces of the "naughty" side of history. Oh, and it's rather funny.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lolly's Library

    What can I say? I'm a trivial sort of person and books such as this one appeal to me on many levels. I love history, but I also love delving into the parts of history not covered in your standard classroom environment. And, c'mon, everyone loves a bit of dirty gossip, especially if it's about a famous or infamous personage. Napoleon's Privates fits the bill in all these categories. What allows this to stand out from your average titillation compilation, though, is that at the end of each vignett What can I say? I'm a trivial sort of person and books such as this one appeal to me on many levels. I love history, but I also love delving into the parts of history not covered in your standard classroom environment. And, c'mon, everyone loves a bit of dirty gossip, especially if it's about a famous or infamous personage. Napoleon's Privates fits the bill in all these categories. What allows this to stand out from your average titillation compilation, though, is that at the end of each vignette, Perrottet provides a list of references, from books to magazine articles and websites, which make it handy for the reader who would like to follow up on a particular story in greater depth. It also makes the book more than just an amusing collection of anecdotes; Perrottet uses those references to help dispel some of the more stubborn myths and legends surrounding these historical figures, as well as to shed light on some of their more unfamiliar aspects of their lives. All-in-all, a very fun yet, equally, a very informative read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mel Vincent

    The book is very entertaining and quite funny. The dialogue used in the book plus the information that it possesses gives the one-two punch that it needs to produce a hilarious effect. I was practically laughing while reading because the way the author penned the articles was pretty damn funny especially the part about Hitler's testicles and the condoms of the middle ages. This book opened my eyes to the side of history that I did not even know. And it made me realize that people weren't that di The book is very entertaining and quite funny. The dialogue used in the book plus the information that it possesses gives the one-two punch that it needs to produce a hilarious effect. I was practically laughing while reading because the way the author penned the articles was pretty damn funny especially the part about Hitler's testicles and the condoms of the middle ages. This book opened my eyes to the side of history that I did not even know. And it made me realize that people weren't that different 2,500 years ago than now, if you throw in the "sexual aspects" then there's not much change. It was intellectual and at the same time humorous, even to the point of educating. People usually say that history is boring but if people get to read this book then I am sure that it will immediately change their minds.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    There is so much in this book I want to share but how to do so without seeming to be focused on sex. An interesting read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm

    I saw this in a thrift store. Its dust jacket lost to time, only the title was there to catch my eye. I drew it from its shelf. It had been lain sideways atop other books. Clearly other patrons had been intrigued and then abandoned the poor tome after an examination. "Napoleon's Privates?" Subtle innuendo? A treatise on the common footsoldier of the early 19th century? Yet, I hoped against hoped the coquettish promises of the title were not mere insinuation. I was richly rewarded. A quick flip thr I saw this in a thrift store. Its dust jacket lost to time, only the title was there to catch my eye. I drew it from its shelf. It had been lain sideways atop other books. Clearly other patrons had been intrigued and then abandoned the poor tome after an examination. "Napoleon's Privates?" Subtle innuendo? A treatise on the common footsoldier of the early 19th century? Yet, I hoped against hoped the coquettish promises of the title were not mere insinuation. I was richly rewarded. A quick flip through the book revealed chapter titles that would simply DEMAND one's attention. "Why Castrati Made better Lovers" for instance. How can one not want to read that? "The Marquis de Sade's Mother-in-Law" Why, I did not know how much I wanted to learn about that woman until my eyes ran over the title. The book is wonderful. It's full of playful stories from essentially every era in history. Everything is short, bite-sized, and to the point. The tone is playful and entirely appropriate for its salacious content. The stories run the gamut from being humorous as in the example of the French Impotence Trials to the gravely serious wherein the author discusses the misogyny that fueled rumors against Catherine the Great. As the titular figure, Napoleon's own sex life crops up repeatedly. It doesn't shy away from national shames either, as in Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave Sally Hemming. In addition to the its obvious entertainment value, the book is also a well researched piece. It openly dissects and dismisses historical myths like J. Edgar Hoover's purported cross dressing and Catherine the Great's equine fates. It takes the opportunity to set the record straight in those instances and it's wonderful. What more can you ask of a pop history book?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    This was fun and funny. Not very accurate but quite entertaining.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    You should not read this book. It's an exploration of "sex, greed, wealth, and weird behavior through the ages," and it will probably shock and appall you unless you are far more worldly than I am which you probably are (I AM kind of a prude), but if you do read this and find it repulsive, don't blame me because, seriously, I just told you not to read it. Having said that, I found this book fascinating. It turns out that a lot of historical figures were kind of...kinky. Weird. Eccentric. Gassy. You should not read this book. It's an exploration of "sex, greed, wealth, and weird behavior through the ages," and it will probably shock and appall you unless you are far more worldly than I am which you probably are (I AM kind of a prude), but if you do read this and find it repulsive, don't blame me because, seriously, I just told you not to read it. Having said that, I found this book fascinating. It turns out that a lot of historical figures were kind of...kinky. Weird. Eccentric. Gassy. Gross. Disgusting. Messed up. Repellant. Human. I don't know if there's any value in exposing the seamier aspects of human nature. Perhaps not. I did, however, have two recurring thoughts as I read this book: 1. I think it's unwise to put people on pedestals. People do dumb, icky and weird things. Pretty much all of them. Those historical figures you worship? Probably not as awesome as you think. 2. Many like to say we live in a time of unprecedented debauchery or wickedness or whatever. Maybe, maybe not. This book makes it pretty clear that those behaviors that so offend us now have been around pretty much forever. I'm not trying to excuse any of those behaviors, just musing that maybe the world isn't really going into the toilet. (We've always been there! HA!) What do you think?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable ramble through historical bits and bobs. It is in no way comprehensive- it's a collection of essays, some of which cover the same material, about historical events/personages that the author finds amusing or unusual, many of which involve sex and/or Napoleon. Here you will find rumors substantiated, myths debunked, allegations of heterosexuality (shocking!), and a helpful chart to help you determine the most perverse of the Roman emperors. The first-person introduc This is a thoroughly enjoyable ramble through historical bits and bobs. It is in no way comprehensive- it's a collection of essays, some of which cover the same material, about historical events/personages that the author finds amusing or unusual, many of which involve sex and/or Napoleon. Here you will find rumors substantiated, myths debunked, allegations of heterosexuality (shocking!), and a helpful chart to help you determine the most perverse of the Roman emperors. The first-person introduction gives the reader an irresistible invitation into the forbidden curiosities closet, and the competently-constructed essays by and large deliver on this promise, though I myself could have done with more lust and greed and a bit less gluttony. All in all, a good deal of fun!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    How do I put this? This is a collection of historical anecdotes that you would never, ever find in a high school textbook. Because this is the seven deadly sins version of history. Not for children, but adults will find this exceedingly entertaining. (Well, I suppose many children would too, but let's not go there.) It deals with some of the juiciest stories in world history, both true and false, plus a lot of good stuff you've never heard of before. And no, it's not all sex; there's stuff about How do I put this? This is a collection of historical anecdotes that you would never, ever find in a high school textbook. Because this is the seven deadly sins version of history. Not for children, but adults will find this exceedingly entertaining. (Well, I suppose many children would too, but let's not go there.) It deals with some of the juiciest stories in world history, both true and false, plus a lot of good stuff you've never heard of before. And no, it's not all sex; there's stuff about food, fashion and farts in here too. (Specifically, Hitler's farts. It's true! He became a vegetarian because he thought it would help with his awkward flatuence problem. It didn't.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Delilah Marvelle

    This is actually the second time I've actually read this awesome confection of naughty history delivered with wit and flare. Tony Perrottet is by far my favorite non-fiction author regarding the grittier side of history (sex!). The amount of research done and the delivery and style is like sitting down with a big box of chocolates as opposed to a bloody steak (given the subject...). It's worth every page!!! This is actually the second time I've actually read this awesome confection of naughty history delivered with wit and flare. Tony Perrottet is by far my favorite non-fiction author regarding the grittier side of history (sex!). The amount of research done and the delivery and style is like sitting down with a big box of chocolates as opposed to a bloody steak (given the subject...). It's worth every page!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Goss

    A quirky history book, that brings to light historical rumors and investigates them. After awhile I got a little bored over redundancy. How many body parts did these people steal in older days!? This book would be a great bathroom reader, because you definately don't read it start to stop. It's more a pick up read, feel entertained and then put down for later. A quirky history book, that brings to light historical rumors and investigates them. After awhile I got a little bored over redundancy. How many body parts did these people steal in older days!? This book would be a great bathroom reader, because you definately don't read it start to stop. It's more a pick up read, feel entertained and then put down for later.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erikka

    A fun read about history's naughtier moments. Very well organized and well cited. I especially liked how he was very clear about which stories were apocryphal (and what might be true about them) and which were proven true. A fun read about history's naughtier moments. Very well organized and well cited. I especially liked how he was very clear about which stories were apocryphal (and what might be true about them) and which were proven true.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Watkins

    I found this a wonderfully written take on the obscure, tantalizing tales of history. Quite an enjoyable and lighthearted book for curiosity seekers of tales never taught in history class. I loved it and laughed and will read it again. Great conversation starters! :-)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    All the 'interesting' bits of history usually left out by the academics. Mostly it's one long sniggerfest about body parts and functions but there are some intriguing tales. A quick fun read. All the 'interesting' bits of history usually left out by the academics. Mostly it's one long sniggerfest about body parts and functions but there are some intriguing tales. A quick fun read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    There was so much misc. trivia here that the Napoleon stuff (sprinkled here and there, from beginning to end) became boring.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Guillory

    I picked up this book probably 8 years ago on a whim after listening to the author being interviewed on a short-lived podcast called the Bryan Park Project. I loved the idea of the book, though for whatever reason (I'll blame grad school) I didn't get around to reading it til now. This book was a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed the history itself, but the writing left a lot to be desired. It felt like quick jabs and "wit" were more important to the author than exploring topics more earnestly. I picked up this book probably 8 years ago on a whim after listening to the author being interviewed on a short-lived podcast called the Bryan Park Project. I loved the idea of the book, though for whatever reason (I'll blame grad school) I didn't get around to reading it til now. This book was a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed the history itself, but the writing left a lot to be desired. It felt like quick jabs and "wit" were more important to the author than exploring topics more earnestly. Honestly, some of the text was so filled with euphemism that it wasn't actually clear *what* actually was being referenced. The language was surprisingly gendered (many women in the text were described as either "lovely" or "plain"...), and there's even an eyeroll-worthy chapter called "Alexander the Great Fairy?". It's strange that a book whose goal seems to be to speak candidly about things that are glossed over historically would go for such cheap shots. I feel like this was a missed opportunity. Finally, there just wasn't a great sense of continuity to the book. It jumped from one topic to the next erratically, with no real rhyme or reason. It would have been nice to perhaps organize the text even loosely chronologically, or even by region. I realize that the idea behind this is have little tidbits of history, and appreciated how well-sourced the material is, but without a real frame of reference, the reader is left without much reference to build on from one chapter to the next. In going for the simple thumbs up/thumbs down style review, this one gets a thumbs down. It had good elements, but ultimately I wanted to like it more than I actually did.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    While this was an amusing, tidbit-filled book, I admit that all tidbit and no context means I've forgotten 95% (nope, make that 96%) of it already. For me, when I slog through an entire book on a topic (boring or otherwise), I'm able to regurgitate the salacious (or non-salacious but nonetheless interesting) bits because I have something to hang my tidbits on (my evidence is that stupid metageography book that I can only read one page at a time - I think I blathered on about that for five whole While this was an amusing, tidbit-filled book, I admit that all tidbit and no context means I've forgotten 95% (nope, make that 96%) of it already. For me, when I slog through an entire book on a topic (boring or otherwise), I'm able to regurgitate the salacious (or non-salacious but nonetheless interesting) bits because I have something to hang my tidbits on (my evidence is that stupid metageography book that I can only read one page at a time - I think I blathered on about that for five whole minutes at Thanksgiving dinner this year!). So I extra appreciated the "further reading" recommendations at the end of each short chapter of this book. Although I can't really say that I'm going to follow up and read any of those "further readings," I love knowing where I could find more information should I care to do so. It's like I'm a librarian or something.

  22. 4 out of 5

    George Stenger

    A jaunty walk on the wild side (two thousand years or more) of the peccadilloes and other weird, lesser known legends and facts of some major historical figures, from Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, to Hitler, and the first G-man, J.Edgar Hoover. Tony Perrottet's historical vignettes include multiple chapters on that fighting Corsican and his fascinating private life. We discover that the Little Corporal, Napoleon Bonaparte, may have been credited for his name sake Complex not necessarily for hi A jaunty walk on the wild side (two thousand years or more) of the peccadilloes and other weird, lesser known legends and facts of some major historical figures, from Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, to Hitler, and the first G-man, J.Edgar Hoover. Tony Perrottet's historical vignettes include multiple chapters on that fighting Corsican and his fascinating private life. We discover that the Little Corporal, Napoleon Bonaparte, may have been credited for his name sake Complex not necessarily for his height (average by early 19th century standards) but because of the post autopsy discovery of a deficiency in a certain part of his male anatomy. For US and World History fans, well worth the reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Meh, it was fine. Well researched but I tend to not remember party facts and most of these I can't use anyway...was hoping for a bit more variety of weird facts with both subject and location - all Western history. Also got really annoyed at the end when he had a section on men who historians believe were gay and "pillars of the early gay movement"...and then proceeded to write about men who had relations with young boys and major misogynists and racists and just generally people that I'm guessi Meh, it was fine. Well researched but I tend to not remember party facts and most of these I can't use anyway...was hoping for a bit more variety of weird facts with both subject and location - all Western history. Also got really annoyed at the end when he had a section on men who historians believe were gay and "pillars of the early gay movement"...and then proceeded to write about men who had relations with young boys and major misogynists and racists and just generally people that I'm guessing would NOT be considered 'pillars'.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bob Cantrell

    Some pretty weird History This was an interesting book. It full of the kind of things that make History more human. A word of warning if you are offended by off color writing then you should stay away from this book. However if you are one, who wants more about the people in History then this book will fill the bill. So check out the foibles of the famous from the past and have a few laughs.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dana Delamar

    A fun read with many juicy bits about history. I would have liked something a bit more in-depth, but it's clear Perrottet means only to give the highlights and provides sources for more reading. I also found some YouTube videos Perrottet did about some of his research, and those were quite fun to watch. This subject would make a good TV show. A fun read with many juicy bits about history. I would have liked something a bit more in-depth, but it's clear Perrottet means only to give the highlights and provides sources for more reading. I also found some YouTube videos Perrottet did about some of his research, and those were quite fun to watch. This subject would make a good TV show.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I suppose it says more about me than the author that most of the information in this book I was already familiar with or knew. The tone is...conversational, leaning towards the deliberately salacious to provoke a response from either the reader or the audience that the reader wants to entertain. Overall, I believe that the sources cited for the book would probably be of more use.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Very witty and well written. Sometimes meanders a little without making a point, but los of interesting background info. My one complaint was I wish there had been some organization to the chapters. Maybe put in chronological order or grouped by topic, rather than jumping around all over the place.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kent

    A fun must read for following definitely human nature at it's worst! Fun, fun read about human nature! Going way back in history about human sexuality! The Romans and before seemed to follow in the perverted foot steps of everyone else with no change coming to date! A fun must read for following definitely human nature at it's worst! Fun, fun read about human nature! Going way back in history about human sexuality! The Romans and before seemed to follow in the perverted foot steps of everyone else with no change coming to date!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sjors

    Picked up to serve as a guilty pleasure, and it did. While a smooth read, there were very few things that I hadn’t heard at least an abbreviated anecdote about. So in the final analysis, not worth it. I suppose that is what you get if you review a guilty pleasure...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leah Angstman

    NSFW, but pretty funny and interesting. Full of easily-digestible (if hard to stomach) tidbits about the raunchy, taboo, and downright gross underbelly of history. I was entertained and definitely learned new things (some of which I now wish I didn't know, alas). NSFW, but pretty funny and interesting. Full of easily-digestible (if hard to stomach) tidbits about the raunchy, taboo, and downright gross underbelly of history. I was entertained and definitely learned new things (some of which I now wish I didn't know, alas).

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