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Last Call by Daniel Okrent
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Dec 07, 11

Read from November 28 to December 06, 2011

I thought Daniel Okrent did a great job of shepherding the reader through the various absurdities of Prohibition. There were a lot of people to keep straight in my head, but, overall, the book was organized in a logical way. It was great to see the connection between the eighteenth amendement and organized crime, but also between woman suffrage, the KKK, anti- Jewish, Catholic and immigrant bigotry; as well as the blunter tactics of constitutional politics. I was also heartened (perhaps, disheartened) to see a direct parallel with our contemporary political and social landscape. Americans, it seems, have always outdone themselves in the rhetorical race to the bottom. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in American history, particularly the 1920s, or anyone who enjoyed the Ken Burns documentary on the same subject (Okrent and Burns shared a lot of information).

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