Outlaws of the Lakes: Bootlegging & Smuggling from Colonial Times to Prohibition
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Outlaws of the Lakes: Bootlegging & Smuggling from Colonial Times to Prohibition

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Since early colonial times, the Great Lakes, the Upper St. LAwrence and Lake Champlain have been smugglers' highways. They have borne silent witness to trafficking of almost every commodity governments could tax or ban. Smugglers kept commerce alive in Canada in the early nineteenth century, contributed to the British-Canadian victory in the War of 1812, and carried escape...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Thunder Bay Press (MI)
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Jan 28, 2008 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rick Mattix
The Great Lakes have served as a smuggler's freeway since Canada's infancy. In "Outlaws of the Lakes: Bootlegging and Smuggling", Canadian author Ed Butts tackles the subject of the illegal trade in booze and just about everything else banned or excessively taxed by the government. He also highlights its more infamous practitioners, such as Rocco Perri, Canada's Al Capone.

Butts has dicovered or deduced some eye-opening facts. He demonstrates that a French bootlegger was responsible for the foun...more
Apr 14, 2008 Chriss rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chriss by: Ed Butts
Fascinating look beyond the walls of the speakeasy's and into the far reaches of Canada and the vast Great Lakes region to see where the enemies of Prohibition really were. Ed takes the reader on a historical tour back to the War of 1812 and into the popular bootlegging era's notable to most. I was intrigued by many of the stories, especially "Lake Michigan's Pirate" and thought that he covered a wide range of topics that kept me interested throughout the book. Well written with proper illustrat...more
This book was surprisingly good (especially the first three parts). It is not the kind of thing I normally read, but my dad bought it for me while the family was up north on vacation. It was well written and entertaining without being overly sensational (which is what I feared when I first flipped through the book to look at the pictures). I really enjoyed reading about Jennie Justo, who lived in the Greenbush neighborhood of Madison.
Angela Hughes
This book is awesome! I know they're villains, but I can't help but admire some of them for their gumption and the stuff they pulled makes for a great read. Regional history at its best.
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