A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth
How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present

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This smart and satisfying generalist history will make you wish the author would sum up every other subject while you bob along the waves of his irreverent, learned wit (preferably with a drink in hand). The ideal companion for an idle hour, like one spent in an airport bar.
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From the internationally bestselling author of The Etymologicon, a lively and fascinating exploration of how, throughout history, each civilization has found a way to celebrate, or to control, the eternal human drive to get sloshed

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.

Making stops all over the world, A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to the 20th century, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Sumerians got sauced, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.

This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.
 

About Mark Forsyth

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Mark Forsyth is the creator of Inky Fool, a blog about the strange connections between words. He lives in the U.K.
 
Published May 8, 2018 by Three Rivers Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Cooking, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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This smart and satisfying generalist history will make you wish the author would sum up every other subject while you bob along the waves of his irreverent, learned wit (preferably with a drink in hand). The ideal companion for an idle hour, like one spent in an airport bar.

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