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One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair


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A witty, comprehensive history of facial hair, documenting its continuous rise and fall as a trend. With style recipes, information on care and upkeep, and hundreds of pictures of famous bearded men (and women!), One Thousand Beards provides an insightful, light-hearted, and well-groomed look at facial hair.


A cultural history of facial hair.


Allan Peterkin is a Toronto psychiatrist and journalist, and the author of The Bald-Headed Hermit & The Artichoke: An Erotic Thesaurus.


Every man has the capacity to grow facial hair, but the decision to do so has always come with layers of meaning. Facial hair has traditionally marked a passage into manhood, but its various manifestations have been determined by class, religious belief, historical precedent, and occupational status. Beards have at one time or another come to represent wisdom, goodness, sorcery, diabolism, psychological depth, and revolution; they have been purchased, elaborately trimmed, adorned, and dyed, and deracinated as a form of torture. To this day, the act of displaying facial hair is still regarded as a form of ultimate cool.With wit and insight, One Thousand Beards explores the historical meaning of beards, mustaches, sideburns, and other forms of facial hair, from Freud's psychoanalytic interpretation, to a wild trip through history, to a rogue's gallery of famous bearded or mustached men, including Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Stalin, Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean, and Yosemite Sam. Includes numerous b&w illustrations and photographs.

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Allan Peterkin is a psychiatrist and the author of numerous books, including One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Brandon Reich, January 20, 2007 (view all comments by Brandon Reich)
This engaging work takes you on a tour of facial hair: famous people and the beards they wore, the politics behind different beards, and even a section on gay whiskers. You'll learn that what is commonly called a "goatee" is often instead a "circle beard" or "beaver," with all the concomitant Freudian allusions to the female anatomy. According to the author, it would seem that some men wear their "beavers" right on their face! A true goatee is a tuft of hairy extending from the chin (as seen on drawings of the devil).

Throughout history, people have been persecuted or followed into battle on the basis of their facial hair. Peterkin provides examples of the impact of beards throughout history and into the present along with sections on women's beards, beardlessness, and the modern meaning of beards. He finishes with an extensive section on advice for growing a beard. He offers hints that range from selecting a beard that's right for your face to what to do if your beard is growing in too sparsely.

In all, a very thorough book, high readable, and replete with pictures. Check out this book to discover what your beard, or the beard of someone you know, is saying about the wearer: future world dictator, crazed genius, or just easy and available.
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Peterkin, Allan
Arsenal Pulp Press
Peterkin, Allan
erkin, Allan
Vancouver, B.C.
Anthropology - Cultural
Multicultural Education
Social history
Men's studies
Beauty & Grooming - Hair
Men's Studies - General
World History-General
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125 BandW photographs
9 x 6.1 x 0.6 in 14 oz

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