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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell; 1st ed edition (1 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965843920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965843928
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I confess. I wrote the book. I spent two years studying hermaphrodites, eunuchs, women who breast-feed puppies, masturbation accidents, popes who make JFK look faithful, and other important under-studied topics. I am also proud to announce that about a third of the book has something to do with sex. And the other two-thirds packs all kinds of strange stories, from the ugly origins of Great American fortunes to Thomas Edison feuding with George Westinghouse over building the first electric chair.

If you get a chance, check out my web site But be sure to buy the book from Amazon.com.

I hope you enjoy. Don't miss the 200 pictures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 1997
Format: Hardcover
FINALLY! "An Underground Education" is a rollicking, ambrosial feast packed full of deliciously naughty, historical facts about popes, inventors, sinners and saints and some truly stupendous pictures! This isn't just a book that blasts cobwebs out of the closet, it's a thrilling Harley-Davidson ride into the past! I couldn't put it down. Richard Zacks, with immense charm and wit, happily drags the reader back in time-- engaging all of one's senses-- fleshing out the cracked, brittle bones of history, and making the blood of history flow red, warm and gritty again! The extensive research is impressive, as the author gleefully bounces from one grotesque photo, to yet another hysterically funny, or profane, historical anecdote. I loved this brilliantly entertaining book so much, it's on the very TOP of my holiday gift list!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec 1997
Format: Hardcover
whoever this zacks guy is, he deserves the Nobel prize. He's made history erotic, amusing, enticing, thought-provoking, and actually worth learning. I couldn't put it down, and neither could my grandmother, who never undressed in front of her husband, which makes Zacks' research all the more compelling. multigenerational appeal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec 1997
Format: Hardcover
At least two "Ohmigawd, I didn't know that!"'s a page, guaranteed. This book is brilliantly, wildly, giddily fun, but it's also a genuine education. Zachs is such a wickedly entertaining raconteur that it's easy to forget the fact that he's also impossibly erudite; no mistake, this is the best, most bent course in Western Civilization sans whitewash you'll ever get between two covers. Cheap at twice the price! I bought 7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is just an amazing book! Filled with weird, wonderful and astounding facts, factoids, and fact-ettes of the highest order. The stunning quality and quantity of true weirdness the author has managed to dig up is absolutely mind-boggling...And that doesn't even include the bizarre photos...Zacks deserves kudos...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I start reading this book, I couldn't stop reading until my eyes turn red and I could feel smoke in my eyes for a couple of days. Now(two weeks after I recieved this book from amazon), I've finally read through this amazing book(hurray!). You can't miss this one, it's one of the best(and the funniest)of its kind!!
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By harriet on 6 July 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great conversation started, lots of awesome facts i didn't know until buying this book! great price too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
An entertaining, if somewhat offbeat read...this is one of those books that makes you lose some of your faith in humanity's humanity, but it also very, very funny...if you like the weird, the bizarre and the sexily strange, you'll like this book.
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