Ian Zimmerman's Reviews > The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition

The Alcoholic Republic by William J. Rorabaugh
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Mar 28, 2012

it was ok

A semi interesting book about how much Americans drank in the 1800s. Much more interesting is the fact that Russia in the current day drinks FAR more in terms of alcohol consumed per capita each year. They also have far more deaths by alcohol poisoning and diseases of the liver and brain related to alcohol than America ever did. Moldova is currently the alcoholic republic and makes America during it's worst year look like a bunch of teetotalers.

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Alex This has absolutely nothing to do with Rorabaugh's book...

message 2: by Ian (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ian Zimmerman I'm simply pointing out that Rorabaugh gives the reader the impression that America in the 1800s was the drunkest country that ever was, when in reality that is not true in any way. We drank a fair amount more then, but we never drank enough that it is actually intersting to read about. Moldova's level of drinking on the other hand would actually make fascinating reading.

Alex One of the reasons for studying history is about studying why things are the way they are today. He wrote this book because the amount of alcohol consumed by early Americans was higher than it was in the late 20th century, then he points out the reasons for this. International drinking habits, while interesting, have less to do with this book.

message 4: by Ian (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ian Zimmerman Ok, that is a fair point. I'm sure to a history major or any avid fan of early American history this would be an interesting book. I had this assigned for my American history 1 class, but I was a biochemistry major at the time and found it less interesting then some others might.

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