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Clean by James Hamblin
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Jul 21, 2020 | ISBN 9780525538318

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“A breezy social history with a health angle. . . . the science writing is accessible and articulate—graceful even—and there are some wonderful surprises” —Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating, rich mix of science, marketing and culture that will have you questioning everything you think you know about your daily skincare routine.” —BookPage
“Fascinating. . . . Hamblin takes us on a slippery ride through the soap marketing of the 20th century, sharing some of the racial, class, and gender undertones many of us probably missed, and introduces us to fascinating people.” —Spirituality and Health

Clean is a thought-provoking and deeply-researched investigation into the life and times of our skin. From unraveling the history of soap to profiling our many microbes, Hamblin’s analysis is anything but skin deep.” —Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork

“James Hamblin’s characteristic mix of clarity and levity shine through every single page. You’ll never think about your largest organ the same way again.” —David Epstein, author of Range and The Sports Gene

“A wide-ranging study that shows how cleanliness was not always next to godliness.” —Kirkus

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