A Brief History of Vice

  • by Robert Evans
  • Narrated by Tristan Morris
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

History has never been more fun - or more intoxicating.
Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women's rights to the beer that helped create - and destroy - South America's first empire. And Evans goes deeper than simply writing about ancient debauchery; he recreates some of history's most enjoyable (and most painful) vices and includes guides so you can follow along at home. You'll learn how to:


Trip like a Greek philosopher
Rave like your Stone Age ancestors
Get drunk like a Sumerian
Smoke a nose pipe like a pre-Columbian Native American

A celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time, A Brief History of Vice explores a side of the past that mainstream history books prefer to hide.

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What the Critics Say

"Mixing science, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a vivid picture of how bad habits built the world we know and love." (David Wong, author of John Dies at the End)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very weak

Great idea but very poor execution. No real historical research, just garbled notes about personal experiences. A pity this was not approached with the skill of a Bill Bryson
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- Sean

Wonderful Intellectual Surprise

Great book and narrator. Took chance on book and loved it. I love non fiction books that tell about how history was vs how we like to sugarcoat it. Factual, honest, and surprisingly funny. Written in a bit of a Gonzo style that makes it fun and easy to listen to without glorifying the habits we guiltily love.
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- Carl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio