From Publishers Weekly
Early cave paintings show Stone Agers plucking out facial hair with sea shells, suggesting that the decision to grow or not grow a beard is almost as old as human society itself. Allan Peterkin's One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair traces the beard's (and the razor's) storied past, including styles, regulations and cultural significance from the ancient Egyptians to the present day. The breezy and concise illustrated volume also covers the various religious meanings of beards, facial hair in gay culture, bearded ladies and the beard as interpreted by Freud. Peterkin includes instructions for washing, dying, trimming and shaving all kinds of beards from Amish-style to the Franz Josef.
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An entertaining and informative combination of a history, a documentary, an appreciation and a catalog. Publishers Weekly
Touching on both the history and the psychological interpretations of this seemingly minor cultural cue, Peterkin analyzes the ever-changing shaving practices of celebrities, criminals, and carnival performers. Quill & Quire
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Full of fascinating detail, the book has an accessible tone suited to its subject.
The Globe & Mail
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Peterkin entertainingly follows many a revealing strand. . . Toronto Star
[This] is an entertaining book for those who boast facial hair and those who don't. Vancouver Sun
While Peterkin has fun with witty quips from poets, playrights, philosophers, and theologians through the centuries, he is also quite serious and instructive. . . ForeWord
Peterkin carves a witty, thought-provoking read from his bewhiskered subject matter. Resonance
Jam-packed with beard-related sidebar quotations and facts and figures, One Thousand Beards
is a trivia-lover's delight, and an essential reference for anyone giving a barber-college valedictory address. Fast Forward
This is the kind of information that can only make life happier, funnier, and a little bit more full. It not only freshly stocked my cache of trivia, but it opened my mind to the wealth of stories I can find in all of the places I would have never thought to look.
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