Synopses & Reviews
British historian Hickman (Churchill’s Bodyguard) delivers a history of the penis and all things phallic that is both absolutely serious and has its tongue somewhere near its literary cheek. Divided into four broad subject areas Hickman surveys penis size (“Few males when grown to man’s estate free themselves entirely from some preoccupation with penis size”); phallic culture (“genital oath taking” in ancient Greece and Rome); fear of castration (15th century treatments for gonorrhea ranged “from washing the genitals in vinegar to plunging the penis into a freshly killed chicken”); and the biology and physics of penile activity (the hypothalamus causes men to sexually scrutinize all women they see). Along the way Hickman provides a brief history of sexual lingo including the early Anglo Saxon sard and the 16th century shag (“Shakespeare favoured the variant shog”) and offers praise for the sexual prowess of 17th century castrati (“losing testicles does not mean losing the ability to get erections and even to ejaculate”). Overall Hickman’s book is entertaining and informative. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"This isnt a very long book, but its not the page count that matters; its what the author does with it. And he does a lot
a remarkably entertaining and informative look at the male organ down through the ages
an undeniably funny book
"Tom Hickman tells the story of its ups and downs with enthusiasm and a mostly straight face"The Economist
"[A} well-researched, dryly witty and worthwhile read."—Salon.com
Its not the size of Gods Doodle that matters; its the inside that counts. The macabre and the bloodcurdling, the funny and the sad, distilled from myth, world cultures, religion, literature, science, medicine and contemporary life; when it comes to the penis everyones a critic. When the prick stands up, the brains get buried in the ground.” Yiddish Proverb
Throughout history, man has revered his penis as his most precious ornament.” From small to large, thick to thin, smooth to wrinkled, Hickman lets the history of this mystery hangout for all to see. It is a stiff subject, but we easily settle in with the likes of Bill Clinton, Michelangelos David, and Shakespeare as they followed their heads. With precious detail given to precious material, if you were to wrap your hands around anything less than two-inches, it should be Gods Doodle, a brilliant history of the penis that hits the topic right on the head. It reaches through time and looks at how the penis trended long before one was ever posted on Twitter.
You will be impotent with both laughter and information as you read
subtly, unhurriedly and mercilessly (Alex Comfort The Joy of Sex),” as Hickman discusses ancient literatures and mathematical quandaries of possible positions, such as Greeces the lion on the cheese-grater,” which still keeps scholars from being cocksure about the potential.
About the Author
Thomas Hickman has worked as a journalist on national magazines, newspapers and for the BBC. His books include a biography of Churchill's wartime bodyguard; the story of the BBC during World War Two; the experience of the Bevin Boys, sent to work in the coalmines during it; and of post-war National Service after it. He has also written a history of changing sexual mores during the 20th century.