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The Porcelain God: A Social History of the Toilet

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Elvis died on one, and Charles V was born on one Although we use them everyday, most of us know very little about toilets This unique history contends that civilization began, not with the written word, but with the toilet.

Through advertisements, diaries, museum catalogs, and anecdotes, The Porcelain God explores the history of the toilet and the customs and manners that s

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Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Citadel (first published January 1st 1996)
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arriki
Sep 08, 2008 arriki rated it really liked it
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Loved this book. It was not all that well written but it shed light on a lot of aspects of human civilization.

The disposal of human...let's call them what they are...feces has been a major problem since civilization began. All those ancient cities stank. More soldiers died from disease from lack of sanitation than from fighting with the enemy up until maybe WWII. People, even kings and princes and great ladies, defecated and urinated in the halls and rooms of the great palaces.

The author brought
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Stephanie Hatch
May 26, 2016 Stephanie Hatch rated it liked it
Oddly enough this book is actually better as a bathroom reader than a regular book due to the fact that it is constructed mainly of vignettes and historical antidotes as opposed to a more standard history or history-esque book. That's not to say it was bad it just didn't weave its story along all to great. As one would expect things went mostly chronological and the back bit of the book contained short asides on things like toilet paper and military sanitation. It managed to be tasteful in a way ...more
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Elvis died on one, and Charles V was born on one. Although we use them every day, most of us know very little about toilets. This unique history contends that civilization began, not with the written word, but with the toilet. As the ultimate bathroom book, The Porcelain God offers an amusing diversion.

I picked up this book because Sandy was reading it to use for book talks during school visits. Filled with all kinds of wonderful useless trivia, this book is entertaining, info
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Dec 23, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
A very unusual history, but a great read.
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