Mark Flowers's Reviews > Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal
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Dec 16, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 14 to 16, 2011

I'll have a review up on The Hub early in January, but I won't be making this point, because I'll probably be crucified for it over there:

Practically every point Blumenthal makes about prohibition could be made about the War on Drugs (TM). Good intentions, completely pointless and painful execution. Gangs, violence, overcrowded prisons. It goes on and on.

She literally says: "The experience also drove hom the challenge of passing laws that affect an entire country's behavior . . . today, each of us is accountable for our own behavior, and adult drinking is a matter of choice and personal responsibility" without ever mentioning other drugs. Crazy.

Nevertheless - an excellent account of the fight for and years of prohibition.

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