Buy Used
£1.00
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ex-library book, usual markings. Clean copy, sound binding. Quick dispatch from UK seller.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity Hardcover – 24 May 2007

3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£9.67 £1.00

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (24 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199297797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199297795
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product Description

Review

[A] fascinating and detailed account. (Dr Susan Aldridge, Focus)

Smith has written a fact-rich book. (The First Post)

Lucid and wide-ranging. (Bee Wilson, The Times (Books))

Jam-packed with historical information. (Jenny McCartney, Sunday Telegraph)

A breath-taking account of cleanliness from prehistory up to the present day. (Sophie Harrison, Sunday Times (Culture))

Authoritative and fascinating. (New Scientist)

Lots of fascinating revelations. (Liz Jones, Evening Standard (London))

About the Author

Virginia Smith is a freelance historian who specializes in the history of personal hygiene. She was previously a Fellow of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, and is currently an honorary fellow of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her current research interests include the history of cosmetics, spas, and nudity.


Inside This Book

(Learn More)
First Sentence
Dirt is only matter out of place, and is neither 'good' nor 'bad'. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
It's a great study of the topic, touching on sociology, theology and psychology - but chiefly (as you'd expect) - on history. It takes us pretty much up to date, but I have to confess to feeling that the ending was both a little rushed and a little cursory. That said, the writing is intelligent, the examples plentiful and the scope of the work is unprecedented: so there's not much to argue with.
Comment 7 of 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
That review was created in November 2009 but was only published on the US site
Maybe I was expecting too much. The topic was an interesting one, but Virginia Smith drawns us into endless repetition ending either with a lieu commun or a far-fetched idea. As for the chronology, after of history implies some sort of chronology, it is just chaotic. The book lacks clarity of purpose.
At the end, I gave up and did not finish it
Comment 6 of 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book gives a good description of personal hygiene.-
I will put it in my library dedicated to cleaning and sanitation
Comment 2 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: HASH(0x914fe384) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914b818c) out of 5 stars Can I get to the end? 7 Mar. 2013
By Diccon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an unfair review insofar as I have only managed to get through about 10% of it. The question is whether I can face the remaining 90%. There is no doubt that the author has done considerable research but I find the narrative rambling and incoherent.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9196de4c) out of 5 stars A disappointment 17 Nov. 2009
By Serge Berthier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Maybe I was expecting too much. The topic was an interesting one, but Virginia Smith drawns us into endless repetition ending either with a lieu commun or a far-fetched idea. As for the chronology, after of history implies some sort of chronology, it is just chaotic. The book lacks clarity of purpose.
At the end, I gave up and did not finish it
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9196dd50) out of 5 stars scholarly and interesting 24 Nov. 2009
By Denise Zottola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I found Smith"s book enlightening. Certainly info from ancient and even early twentieth century was more interesting than later chapters addressing modern mores and trends, but that is to be expected. I enjoyed it!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914b85c4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 May 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book was in excellent condition and very enjoyable reading.
1 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91e72c90) out of 5 stars Italy since 1796 and the rest 27 Jan. 2010
By Vittorio De Alfaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am sorry; I entered this item - and the next one - without knowing exactly
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know


Feedback