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"Mixing science, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a vivid picture of how bad habits built the world we know and love."--David Wong, author of John Dies at the EndHistory has never been more fun--or more intoxicating. Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women's rights to the beer that helped create--and destroy--South America's first empire. And Evans goes deeper than simply writing about ancient debauchery; he recreates some of history's most enjoyable (and most painful) vices and includes guides so you can follow along at home. You'll learn how to: * Trip like a Greek philosopher. * Rave like your Stone Age ancestors. * Get drunk like a Sumerian. * Smoke a nose pipe like a pre-Columbian Native American.A celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time, A Brief History of Vice explores a side of the past that mainstream history books prefer to hide.From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the legendary producer and author of The Kid Stays in the Picture--one of the greatest Hollywood memoirs ever written--comes a long-awaited second work with all the elements of a star-studded blockbuster: glamour and conflict, giddy highs and near-fatal lows, struggle and perseverance, tragedy and triumph.
This is the intimate and fascinating account of the rise and fall and rise again in show business of Hollywood giant and legendary "bad boy" Robert Evans. From Errol Flynn to Ava Garnder to Francis Ford Coppola and Mia Farrow, Evans spares no reputation, least of all his own, in this sizzling, tell-all biography.
The fascinating tale of Hollywood powerhouse Paramount Pictures--beginning with its birth in the 1910s through the turbulent decade of the 1930s--was told in Early Paramount Studios by Marc Wanamaker, Michael Christaldi, and E.J. Stephens. Now the same authors are back to tell the next 60 years of the studio saga in Paramount Studios: 1940-2000, with a foreword by former Paramount head of production Robert Evans. This book picks up the story during the time of World War II--a successful era for the studio--which was followed by a decade of decline due to the upstart medium of television. By the 1960s, the studio teetered on the brink of bankruptcy before rebounding, thanks to several 1970s blockbusters, such as Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. The tale continues through the final decades of the 20th century when Paramount showcased some of the greatest hits in its history.
How to be a "peacebuilder" and mediate between conflicted entities.
Science, if it can deliver truth, cannot deliver it at the speed of politics. The idea that science would one day be able to solve all problems by the application of logic and experiment began to fail at the beginning of the twentieth century. Quantum theory, Gödel's proof, the turning in on themselves of philosophies such as logical positivism and, more recently, the rediscovery of chaos, have shown that, as in the nightmare, the train of a perfect science is always leaving the station just as you get there. And those are just the "internal" problems.
The keys to having an outstanding career as a school leader.The American educational system is in crisis; trends of recent years have been extraordinarily hard on educators. An entire generation of school leaders is retiring, many of them early, and the number of candidates applying to replace them is plummeting. In many districts, applications have shrunk by nearly two-thirds. Seven Secrets of The Savvy School Leader hopes to counteract these glum statistics by giving both aspiring and experienced school leaders important survival tools, and encouraging long-term leaders to renew their faith in their own abilities.Describes the innate tensions inherent in leadership Explores the difference between dilemmas and problemsEncourages leaders to make change by making meaning Offers guidance for being your best and bold selfWritten an expert on school leadership who has worked closely with thousands of schools over the years, the book will help anyone serving as or considering becoming a school administrator.