Back in the Day: 101 Things Everyone Used to Know How to Doby Michael Powell
You'll be captivated by the ancient
If you're struggling in the modern world, or you just want to increase your repertoire of timeworn life skills, what better place to look for inspiration than the past? It's easy to believe that we have all the answers, but there's a whole heap of stuff we have forgotten that folks from days gone by actually knew how to do.
You'll be captivated by the ancient tips, careworn advice, and bygone suggestions inside this book. Step-by-step instructions introduce you to 101 of the most important things we don't know how to do anymore.
In no time you'll be able to fight with a rapier and dagger, thatch a roof, plow a field, wear a Roman toga, lay siege to a castle, pluck a chicken, hurl a battleaxe, make fire without matches, embalm a body, and use heaps of other know-how from the days of yore.
Never again will you be daunted by a hula hoop, a cow that needs milking, or a challenge to pistols at dawn. And you won't believe how you ever managed without knowing how to make a pair of shoes, keep your horse well groomed, live off the land, and pan for gold.
So what are you waiting for? There's no time like the present for traveling back to the past.
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"Back in the Day" is just delightful. Some of the directions are just for fun for most of us city folks, but others like bread making are great! I wish I had had a copy when my children were little. Anyone delving into the 101 topics will find something of interest! Highly recommended.
This book is more for a man or a young boy!!! I am not trying to be sexist I have read the first few chapters and its all about how to use weaponary. I am going to continue to read on however, because I may find something to interest me. The facts and writing style are good and if you like the topics I would reccommend purchase.
I don't know that I could use it on a desert island, but it would come in handy on a farm, in the woods, or 90 years ago, or for a dozen different scenarios...some things I already knew how to do (surprised the heck out of me!). It was a lot of fun to read.
I got this book as a "pass along" gift for the guys in my family. My 80-year-old dad had it for a few weeks, passed it to one brother, who passed it along to another, and along to the grandsons and nieces and nephews. It has added a great deal to family conversations about the technological changes over the last 100 years and how common knowledge has changed from one generation to the next.
This is a book you won't read from cover to cover, but pick up off the table and read a few pages, and discuss for days after with friends and family. Fascinating information!