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!
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.
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...
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.
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!!
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.