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Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be
Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be by Peter McAllister 0312555431 9780312555436
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Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be by Peter McAllister

Manthropologyis the first of its kind. Spanning continents and centuries, it is an in-depth look into the history and science of manliness. From speed and strength, to beauty and sex appeal, to bravado and wit, it examines how man today compares to his masculine ancestors.Peter McAllister set out to rebut the claim that man today is suffering from feminization and emasculation. He planned to use his skills as a paleoanthropologist and journalist to write a book demonstrating unequivocally that man today is a triumph---the result of a hard-fought evolutionary struggle toward greatness.As you will see, he failed. In nearly every category of manliness, modern man turned out to be not just matched, but bested, by his ancestors. Stung, McAllister embarked on a new mission. If his book couldnt be a testament to modern male achievement, he decided, it would be a record of his failures.Manthropology,then,is a globe-spanning tour of the science of masculinity. It kicks off in Ice Age France, where a biomechanical analysis demonstrates that La Ferrassie 2, a Neanderthalwomandiscovered in the early 1900s, would cream 2004 World Arm Wrestling Federation champion Alexey Voyevoda in an arm wrestle. Then it moves on to medieval Serbia, showing how Slavicguslarpoets (who were famously able to repeat a two thousand-line verse after just one hearing) would have destroyed Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, in a battle rap. Finally, it takes the reader to the steaming jungles of modern equatorial Africa, where Aka Pygmy men are such super-dads, they even grow breasts to suckle their children. Now,thatscommitment.For modern man, the results of these investigations arent always pretty. But in its look at the history of men,Manthropologyis unfailingly smart, informative, surprising, and entertaining. ***HOW DOES MODERN MAN STACK UP?Russian arm wrestling champion Alexey Voyevoda has a twenty-two-inch bicep and has curled more than two hundred and fifty pounds---with just one arm. But could he stand up in an arm wrestling match with an average Neanderthal male? Or, for that matter, a female? (p. 10) ***Todays Ultimate Fighters compete in a sport where bouts routinely end with an unconscious loser splayed out on a blood-soaked canvas. But what would a match in the Octagon look like next to thePankrationbouts of the Ancient Greeks: a battleground or a playground? (p. 77) ***A modern army goes into battle with state-of-the-art technology and centuries of strategical insight. But for sheer determination, could they have bested Neros legions, who marched nearly two marathons a day for six days straight---each legionary carrying hundred-pound packs? (p. 99) ***Theres philological evidence that suggests Homer may not havewrittentheIliad; he may haverappedit. If 50 Cent had to face Homer in a rap battle, would he come out on top? (p. 160)  

Author: Peter McAllister

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Publication Date: 2010-10-26

Our Price: $4.09

ISBN: 0312555431

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