Ardent Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
by John Kobler
Da Capo Press, NY
First published by Putnam, NY, 1973
: White on pictorial wraps,386 pages including bibliographic references and index. Illustrated with 32 pages of b/w photographs and reproductions
Book Size: 8¼" T X 5½" W
Light to moderate edge wear with a slightly curled corner while covers are mildly blemished from rubbing. Inside is clean and unmarked in a tight paste-down binding with no creases on the spine.
Examines the legal wrangles, temperance movement and its social aspects before, during, and after the Prohibition years 1919-1933. Using a wide variety of sources, Kobler quotes the amusing and often startling comments relating to the efforts of prohibitionists and lawmakers, so that the speakeasies, the rum-running, the bootleggers, and the gang wars all come vividly to life. Here too are portraits of eccentrics, instant millionaires, law enforcement officers, and murderers--all part of the Noble Experiment which proved to be one of the most tragicomic sagas in American history.
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