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The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's Evil Genius

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On the 100th anniversary of The Volstead Act comes the epic, definitive story of the man who cracked the Prohibition system, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and helped inspire The Great Gatsby.

Love, murder, political intrigue, mountains of cash, and rivers of bourbon . . . The tale of George Remus is a grand spectacle and a lens into the dark heart
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Diversion Books
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George Remus was a drug store owner, lawyer, and bootlegger during Prohibition. He was finally put away for his crimes after literally thousands of violations and foolishly gave his flighty and theatrical wife power of attorney, which she then used to confiscate his millions and take on another lover while he was in jail. Infuriated, Remus swore revenge, and when he was freed from prison, he tracked her down and shot her in the stomach.



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Mary
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read a NetGalley early release copy of the book. I am a history buff with a special interest in the early 20th Century. I am familiar with the history of Chicago during Prohibition but knew little of the activities in the South.

I found the Bourbon King to be well written and engaging. By the time I completed the book, I felt that I knew the main characters and had a better understanding of the period.

This is not a book that is a quick read, however, the attention to detail, the storytelling,
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Amber
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was a goodreads First-Reads winner and I appreciate the opportunity to review this book.

100 years after the passage of the Volstead Act, Batchelor wrote an engaging book of the life of George Remus. What fascinated me first about this book is that I lived a short time in Hamilton, Ohio and was a regular in Cincinnati, so I knew many of the places listed within.

Remus was a brilliant psychopath, as many of our titans of business are. Batchelor covers Remus's life in full, clearly showing how
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Vicki (kybookgirl)
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Bob Batchelor, Netgalley and Diversion publishing for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story of ambition, greed, daring, love, loss..The American Dream. Still don’t know if he was really a broken person, a real psychopath or just so cunning.

A few questions I have now. How did he see WWII as a German American? What cigars did he smoke?

Really enjoyed the read. A must read for Bourbon, prohibition, or local history enthusiasts. The tale of this man can’t be topped
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Norma
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting

This was an interesting read. My father told me a lot about the Prohibition Era but only mentioned George Remus infrequently. So I liked getting more information on this figure of the era.
Mercedes Rochelle
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cover blurb for this book about the notorious George Remus was tantalizing, and I think it would have made a fabulous historical novel. As a straight biography, however, I kept thinking of Dragnet: “just the facts, ma’am. Only the facts.” Mind you, I watched Dragnet religiously when I was a teenager, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But I found the book pretty dry—and I kept missing the potential drama promised by the back cover. However, with that being said, the book was obviously ...more
SundayAtDusk
Whew, what a long story this was about Prohibition and a bootlegger named George Remus. George Remus was born in Germany and came with his family to the United States as a child. Since his father was an unsuccessful breadwinner, he went to work as a teenager in his uncle’s pharmacy. By his early 20s, he not only had a pharmacist license, but bought his uncle’s pharmacy, plus another one. It all wasn’t challenging enough for Mr. Remus, however, so he decided to become a lawyer. A lawyer he did ...more
Bonnie_blu
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
George Remus must have been an absolutely fascinating person to know. He was extremely intelligent, driven, and versatile. However, he was also insecure and absolutely dependent on the admiration of others. His positive qualities enabled him to succeed as a pharmacist, lawyer, and bootlegger. His negative qualities led to his abject failure.

Remus great desire for fame and wealth led him to develop one of the biggest and most efficient bootlegging organizations during Prohibition. He approached
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Jean
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I apologize for a late review as I have been traveling out of the country.

I had heard about this story from my mother who was reminded about it when she read the NY Times review. My family is from Cincinnati and many still live there. After reading the NY Times review, I thought it would be fun to read a little of the Queen City's history plus I love a good Bourbon.

Batchelor has done great research on the inter-workings of the bootlegging "industry" as well as painting larger than life
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Ashley Reyes
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy for review from Netgalley.

This was an interesting, deep read about one of the biggest personalities in prohibition. The story was deep, well researched, and engaging. This is one you will want to re read, because there’s a lot to unpack in this- but that’s what’s great about this. Sometimes you can read once and be done, but this is still good on the next read as you see the intricacies as they come and know what to pay attention to the next time through.
Lavender
Aug 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mackenzie Lee
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good history. Poor writing.
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Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Facts and timelines, but interesting
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Bob Batchelor is a historian and biographer, specializing in topics focused on American history and culture. His forthcoming book is The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's Evil Genius (Diversion Books, September 10, 2019)

The Bourbon King tells the spectacular story of George Remus, who cracked the Prohibition system, turned it on its ear, became one of the world's
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