Daniel Okrent’s Last Call: The pre-review.

24 05 2010

After reading the NYT‘s review of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent on Saturday, I went straight to Barnes and Noble to pick it up.

It’s good. Seriously, it’s far more fun than any historian of 1877-1945 America should be allowed to have. I’m only about 65 pages in so far, but those pages are about prohibitionists before Prohibition (such as the slightly insane woman depicted above) and the analysis is both extremely sophisticated and VERY interesting.

I’m thinking this may turn out to be one of the best history books I’ve ever read (and as you might imagine I read a lot of them).


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