Vice Capades by Mark Stein
Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present

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Witty and opinionated insight on how “bad” behavior can morph into, out of, and back into favor over the course of time.
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From outlawing bowling in colonial America to regulating violent video games and synthetic drugs today, Mark Stein’s Vice Capades examines the nation’s relationship with the actions, attitudes, and antics that have defined morality. This humorous and quirky history reveals that our views of vice are formed not merely by morals but by power.


While laws against nude dancing have become less restrictive, laws restricting sexual harassment have been enacted. While marijuana is no longer illegal everywhere, restrictive laws have been enacted against cigarettes. Stein examines this nation’s inconsistent moral compass and how the powers-that-be in each era determine what is or is not deemed a vice. From the Puritans who founded Massachusetts with unyielding, biblically based laws to those modern purveyors of morality who currently campaign against video game violence, Vice Capades looks at the American history we all know from a fresh and exciting perspective and shows how vice has shaped our nation, sometimes without us even knowing it.

 

About Mark Stein

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Mark Stein is an author, screenwriter, and playwright. He has published several books, including How the States Got Their Shapes, a New York Times best seller and the basis for the eponymous History Channel series, and American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why.  
 
Published July 1, 2017 by Potomac Books. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Witty and opinionated insight on how “bad” behavior can morph into, out of, and back into favor over the course of time.

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