[UCP Books]: Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair by Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Now in paperback!


The Revealing History of Facial Hair

Publication date: April 17, 2017 $19.00/£14.50
International publication date: April 17, 2017  


“A finely detailed, borderline obsessive history. . . . Oldstone-Moore’s long view on our unshaven history is likely to stand unchallenged for some time.”—New York Times


“A surprisingly interesting study of mankind’s love-hate relationship with facial hair.”
—Wall Street Journal


“In Of Beards and Men, the historian Oldstone-Moore plumbs the many meanings of facial hair in Western history. . . . He writes well, and his erudition is impressive.”—Washington Post


 “Once you’ve read it, it’s unlikely you’ll take any beard—or mustache—at face value again.”
—Los Angeles Times


“Engaging . . . This is a great book for anyone who’s ever pondered why Jesus is portrayed with a beard, wondered about the origin of Hitler’s and Stalin’s mustaches, speculated why the Amish grow beards but shave their moustaches, or realized that no U.S. presidential candidate has sported facial hair since Dewey lost to Truman.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review


 “For everyone with a hirsute family member, a bearded patriarch, a fuzzy metro-sexual, here’s a great gift, a not-entirely-serious account of why and when men grow facial hair.”—NPR Weekend


“A sweeping work of follicular anthropology.”—Slate


“Oldstone-Moore has a fantastic story to tell.”—Daily Mail, book of the week

Of Beards and Men is a fascinating, occasionally dizzying depiction of the oscillation between acceptance and prohibition of facial hair.”—Toronto Star



Christopher Oldstone-Moore is a senior lecturer in history at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Please contact Ashley Pierce at (773) 702-0279 or apierce@uchicago.edu for more information.


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