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Last Call by Daniel Okrent
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Nov 03, 2011

it was amazing

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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Reading Progress

November 3, 2011 – Shelved
November 28, 2011 – Started Reading
November 28, 2011 –
22.0%
November 29, 2011 –
32.0%
November 30, 2011 –
39.0%
December 1, 2011 –
46.0%
December 5, 2011 –
81.0%
December 6, 2011 – Finished Reading

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