Matt's Reviews > Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Last Call by Daniel Okrent
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Dec 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobooks, nonfiction
Read from December 18 to 31, 2011

Okrent has a keen eye for an anecdote and there's a bunch of great ones in here. There are also just a lot of fun facts. Like, for example, did you know that there's actually no evidence that Joe Kennedy was a bootlegger? Or that cruises began largely because of Prohibition? Or that even NASCAR may trace its roots to Prohibition?
Add facts like that to stories of rampant bootlegging, good (and bad) intentions gone awry, characters like Wayne Wheeler and Mabel Willebrandt who time has largely forgotten, people shamelessly flouting loopholes in the law (like the ones for some homemade alcohol and for Communion wine), and the birth of many modern political tactics, and you have an engaging book. I definitely recommend it.

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