Make your own culture war! Stuck in the city of Dead End, where ambitions go to wither, Rodney Bauman has resigned himself to a life of covering school board budgets and antique store openings. However, led by his own aspirations and the occasional religious vision, Rodney has found the key to realizing his dreams: covering a culture war that he secretly launches himself. At first Rodney finds both notoriety and a Stoic boyfriend, but when his cause accidentally attracts a genuine cultural terrorist named Joy, Rodney succeeds far more than he ever expected..
The War on Sex: From the Torah to Victoria
From earliest times, sex has fascinated and repulsed society in equal measure. In an effort to untangle Western society's complex relationship with the realities of sex, this provocative volume explores the ways in which governments, religious leaders and cultures in Europe tried to regulate sex and sexuality throughout history. From the sacred texts of ancient Israel to the slums of 19th century Britain, this book explores political, legal and cultural controls on consensual sex and the individuals and movements that resisted them. Topics range from prostitution and homosexuality to marriage, contraception and abortion. While traditional narrative holds that Europe alternated between sexual freedom and oppression through the Victorian age, this work reveals that the real story of how sex was regulated--and how people defied regulation--is not so clear cut.
Absolute Power: The Real Lives of Europe's Most Infamous Rulers
Here, 75 succinct essays cover European royalty from the last king of Rome to Tsar Nicholas II. There is an enduring public interest in royalty and dictatorial rulers: this book covers all of them comprehensively. Far more than just sensational accounts, the book makes a genuine attempt to understand what drove them to their excesses. An informal, readable style produces a strong turn-page effect. In our time, when European monarchies seem little more than tourist curiosities and democracy is taken for granted, it is easy to forget how much power pre-democratic rulers could once wield. The rulers and holders of political power in this book fall into four categories: those villainized by propaganda; those with serious mental disorders; those simultaneously revered and reviled; and those who truly were the epitome of evil. "Absolute Power" shows how they were all carried away by their exalted status or even overwhelmed by it, while a few were driven over the edge into madness.