One Thousand Beards by Allan Peterkin

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A witty, comprehensive history of facial hair, documenting its continuous rise and fall as a trend. With style recipes, information on care and upkeep, and hundreds of pictures of famous bearded men (and women!), One Thousand Beards provides an insightful, light-hearted, and well-groomed look at facial hair.


About Allan Peterkin

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Allan Peterkin is a psychiatrist and the author of numerous books, including One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Published July 1, 2002 by Arsenal Pulp Press. 227 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Early cave paintings show Stone Agers plucking out facial hair with sea shells, suggesting that the decision to grow or not grow a beard is almost as old as human society itself.

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I’m tempted to believe that Allan Peterkin wouldn’t have written this book without the Internet, and the world would certainly be a less entertaining place without this book.

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Chins and upper lips are remarked upon: Chicago columnist Edith Sessions Tupper criticized a man with goatee or Vandyke as “selfish, sinister, and pompous as a peacock.” In “The Unconscious Beard,” Peterkin talks about hairy villains such as Rasputin, and explores the psychology of beard wearing ...

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