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Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America

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When the Constitution declared on January 16, 1920, that Americans could no longer buy or sell alcoholic drink, it sparked the wildest, booziest years in our history. Everyone -- from lowly criminals to upstanding citizens -- saw in Prohibition an unparalleled license to get rich. Here is the full story of those thirteen years of temperance, telling how and why it all happened. It takes us back to the "beautiful and the damned", who drank their lives away in speakeasies; to the St. Valentine's Day massacre and the bootleggers and gangsters; to the head of a Kansas City sewing circle who single-handedly axed a saloon to splinters; to teetotaler Henry Ford's Detroit, where workers' homes were searched to make sure they were dry.

272 pages, Paperback

First published September 30, 1996

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Edward Samuel Behr

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Edward Samuel Behr was a journalist; he worked primarily as a foreign & war correspondent. He began his career in the early 1950s with the Reuters news agency, then worked for Time-Life, serving as bureau chief in several cities around the world for Time Magazine. He then took a position with Newsweek in 1965 as Asia bureau chief, based in Hong Kong. Later in his career, Mr. Behr also made a number of documentaries for the BBC. He wrote several books during his life on various subjects, including a memoir which was published in 1978.

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