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Ardent Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition

Ardent Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition

by John Kobler

Paperback(1st Da Capo Press ed)

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"This is first-rate popular history, full of anecdotes and vivid personalities, with a compelling narrative."—Smithsonian

Ardent Spirit covers the full range of the temperance idea in America, beginning in the early seventeenth century and continuing through the prohibition years, 1919-1933. Using a wide variety of sources, Kobler quotes the amusing and often startling comments relating to the efforts of prohibitionists and lawmakers, so that the speakeasies, the rum-running, the bootleggers, and the gang wars all come vividly to life. Here too are portraits of eccentrics, instant millionaires, law enforcement officers, and murderers-all part of the Noble Experiment which proved to be one of the most tragicomic sagas in American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306805127
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/01/1993
Edition description: 1st Da Capo Press ed
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Kobler's (1910-2000) many books include biographies of John Barrymore, Henry Luce, John Hunter, and Otto Kahn. He wrote for the New Yorker and other magazines, and lived in New York City.

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