School Library JournalGr 7 UpOne of the most colorful periods in American history is revealed here in all its excitement and significance. From forces such as Carry Nation, the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and the Anti-Saloon League that instigated prohibition to the criminal and economic causes of its repeal, the social impact of this unprecedented regulatory step is identified. Short chapters divided into even briefer segments will attract readers used to sound-bite reporting. The appeal of larger-than-life characters, such as gangsters Johnny Torrio and Al Capone, "Queen of Speakeasies" "Texas" Guinan, and revivalist preachers Billy Sunday and Aimee Semple McPherson, becomes clear in the context of the times. Descriptions are so vivid that one can almost visualize the gangster hits and the tents brimming with frenzied religious fundamentalists despite the fact that the text is unillustrated. Not only the "sheiks," "shebas," and "flappers" associated with this wild decade appear in these pages, but also laborers, blues and jazz musicians, participants in the "Scopes monkey trial," and even solid, sensible, conservative rural dwellers. Along the way, origins of terms used in American speech even today are explained, such as "free lunch," the "real McCoy," "rum-running," "near beer," and "moonshiners." A few source notes and a short list for further reading may extend the text's usefulness for reports, but the excellent index and surprisingly comprehensive overview of the many social aspects of the era are the book's real strengths.Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY
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Overall, I enjoyed this book, The Decade That Roared: America During Prohibition. I learned many new things about our nation during the 20s. The authour, Linda Jacobs Altman, wrote about many facts, yet kept them in a simple narrative style. She didn't leave much to the immagination in describing the events of one of our nation's greatest decades. It was a real time of industrialization and change for all of America. The characteristics and qualities of society from the 'Roaring Twenties' make that decade one of the most unique of America's history. I really enjoyed this book and I hope you will too.