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  • Copyright: 2011-05-17
  • Publisher: FRWHEEL

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From the bestselling author of The Last Emperor comes this rip-roaring history of the government s attempt to end America s love affair with liquor which failed miserably. On January 16, 1920, America went dry. For the next thirteen years, the Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the making, selling, or transportation of intoxicating liquors, heralding a new era of crime and corruption on all levels of society. Instead of eliminating alcohol, Prohibition spurred more drinking than ever before. Formerly law-abiding citizens brewed moonshine, became rum- runners, and frequented speakeasies. Druggists, who could dispense medicinal quantities of alcohol, found their customer base exploding overnight. So many people from all walks of life defied the ban that Will Rogers famously quipped, Prohibition is better than no liquor at all. Here is the full, rollicking story of those tumultuous days, from the flappers of the Jazz Age and the beautiful and the damned who drank their lives away in smoky speakeasies to bootlegging gangsters Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and the notorious St. Valentine s Day Massacre. Edward Behr paints a portrait of an era that changed the country forever.

Author Biography

Edward Behr, a veteran journalist and war correspondent, was the author of The Last Emperor, The Complete Book of Les Miserables, The Story of Miss Saigon, and Hirohito. He died in 2007.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Good Creature of Godp. 7
Fervor and Fanaticismp. 21
The Women's Warp. 35
The Lineupp. 45
Prohibition's First Victimsp. 63
America Goes Dryp. 77
The Providersp. 91
Harding and the Racketeersp. 105
Remus Unravelsp. 121
The Adventurersp. 129
˘Prohibition Works!÷p. 147
˘Prohibition Doesn't Work!÷p. 161
Chicagop. 175
Remus on Trialp. 195
Remus Reduxp. 209
A Fatal Triumphp. 221
The Aftermathp. 237
Notesp. 245
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 253
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