Hair!: Mankind's Historic Quest to End Baldness and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $2.15 (14%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, 24/7 Customer Service, and package tracking. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
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

Hair! : Mankind's Historic Quest to End Baldness Paperback – April 3, 2001


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.85
$0.75 $0.01
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AtRandom; 1 edition (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812991583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812991581
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,968,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

From Egypt and ancient Rome right up to the snake-oil concoctions of the last century, Kuntzman (a New York journalist) relates a history "of failed promises, fake cures, misplaced hopes and bitter disappointment." For some men and women, losing one's hair is a calamitous life event, and this history is testimony to humankind's insuperable gullibility. Overall, Kuntzman treats his subject with humor but it is clear that for some there is no humor, only desperation, frustration, paranoia, and anger. Though Kuntzman does include the latest developments in hair therapy genetic studies that are incomplete; Rogaine, propecia, and proscar; transplantation; and RU58841 the coverage is too brief, giving this book limited efficacy for those looking for "cures." Less information about product pushers, frauds, and unscrupulous doctors and more about the status of hair growth therapies would have created a different, more useful book, but the web resource directory may assist some. [This is also available as an e-book: ISBN 0-679-64709-0. $9.95. Ed.] James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New Yor.
- James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

Hair! Mankind's Historic Quest to End Baldness is a social history of one of humanity's most irksome problems: male pattern baldness.

Throughout the centuries, Man (not his real name) has tried everything to hide, treat and repair baldness, as well as a host of nostrums designed to coax hair growth from the scalp (or, at least, money from the wallets of unsuspecting baldies). Yet we stand on the brink of a truly historic epoch: Two drugs are now federally approved remedies for baldness and more are on the way while surgical techniques continue to improve, and even hairpieces are becoming acceptable again. Will baldness, the stigma it carries, and the profound psychological toll it takes on men soon be things of the past? Will bald men someday be electable? Are these even rhetorical questions?

Gersh Kuntzman takes you from the laboratories of Merck, maker of Propecia, to the operating rooms of the nation's best hair-transplant surgeons, to the rug men working on the cutting edge of artificial hair design. Hair! covers baldness like nothing before.


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
A bright and funny book, _Hair! Mankind's Historic Quest to End Baldness_ (AtRandom.com) by Gersh Kuntzman takes up the causes, stigma, and above all the treatments for baldness. It has a hilarious and scary section on the quack cures for the "loathsome disease," but concentrates on the real cures or crutches. There are now treatments for baldness, the "drugs" part of the amusingly named trilogy of cures: drugs, rugs, and plugs. Drugs available now for baldness are Rogaine and Propecia, and they both work in a limited way. There is a peculiar difficulty for researchers in field of baldness treatment. They can publish small, tentative, preliminary reports in the most obscure technical journals. All of a sudden they are inundated by requests from bald men who want to get the treatment, and if there is no treatment ready, they want to get into the test groups immediately, and if they can't get into the test groups, they accuse the investigators of being in a large, undefined conspiracy against bald men. The volumes of mail and complaints about treatments that are not yet in existence have meant that researchers had no time for research, having to spend it all on public relations.
Rugs are given an amusing coverage (sorry) in the book, but the strangest of superficial treatments are the "hair in a can" varieties. These consist of something like spray-on or spread-on gunk, sometimes chopped up sheep hair. Sheep hair is grated into microscopic pieces, dyed and given a negative static charge so that it sticks to whatever hair remains. A dry cosmetic called DermMatch gets rubbed into the scalp. The company slogan is, "Nothing looks better, stays on better, applies neater, is more healthful, or costs less to use.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Goodman on April 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This cogent, piercing analysis of the causes and cures of baldness kept me riveted throughout. Kuntzman mixes wit, irony, and just a plain old appreciation for the wacky with some very sharp and thorough reporting. I have seen a picture of him and he has a full head of hair, which is what makes his sympathy for poor balding schlumps like myself all the more impressive. My only criticism of this book is that I wish it was longer.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an informal, funny, but informative view of baldness. It convers the history, psychological and sociological aspects of this common condition. Where Kuntzman really shines is when he introduces the reader to the true characters in the hair business. These visits include scientists working on treatments for baldness, including gene therapist Ron Crystal; the radio show host who has a support group for the bald; the "proud to be bald conventioneers"; the hair tansplanters; and even the president of the hair club for men. These interviews are insightfull, informative, and hilarious.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Katherine on April 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
As someone who began losing my hair at age 25, I found Gersh Kuntzman's "HAIR!" to be the perfect balm for my wounded pride. Kuntzman just tells the story of mankind's crazy, insane search to rid itself of this supposed scourge with wit and a great amount of research. Who knew that the ancient Egyptians used to spread hippo fat on their bald heads? By the way, it didn't work. This is a fun and funny book about a serious subject near and, unfortunately, dear to many men's hearts.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again