Last Call

By Daniel Okrent,

Book cover of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Book description

A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the US Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages.

From its start, America has been awash in drink. The sailing vessel that brought John Winthrop to the…

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2 authors picked Last Call as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Americans have quite a different relationship with alcohol compared to Europeans. This book uncovers the background of how Prohibition came about, how influences other than alcohol were key, along with the ingenuity of people on both sides of the debate to put their case or dodge the restrictions. Full of stories that explore the men, indomitable women, bootleggers, and economic as well as social forces and hypocrisy involved in the establishment and eventual repeal of Prohibition laws across America.

From Sarah's list on how history has influenced wines.

A classic work by Daniel Okrent, at one time the first public editor of the New York Times and managing editor of Life Magazine. This 470-page tome describes in detail the great rift in the history of American whiskey, also known as ‘The Noble Experiment’. If you want to understand how it was possible that an entire nation the size of the United States of America went ‘dry’ in 1920 with the acceptance of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the USA for that, this should be your ‘First Call’. The book doesn’t end sadly, on the…

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