Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America

Prohibition Thirteen Years That Changed America When the Constitution declared on January that Americans could no longer buy or sell alcoholic drink it sparked the wildest booziest years in our history Everyone from lowly criminals to u

  • Title: Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America
  • Author: Edward Samuel Behr
  • ISBN: 9781559703949
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the Constitution declared on January 16, 1920, that Americans could no longer buy or sell alcoholic drink, it sparked the wildest, booziest years in our history Everyone from lowly criminals to upstanding citizens saw in Prohibition an unparalleled license to get rich Here is the full story of those thirteen years of temperance, telling how and why it all happWhen the Constitution declared on January 16, 1920, that Americans could no longer buy or sell alcoholic drink, it sparked the wildest, booziest years in our history Everyone from lowly criminals to upstanding citizens saw in Prohibition an unparalleled license to get rich Here is the full story of those thirteen years of temperance, telling how and why it all happened It takes us back to the beautiful and the damned , who drank their lives away in speakeasies to the St Valentine s Day massacre and the bootleggers and gangsters to the head of a Kansas City sewing circle who single handedly axed a saloon to splinters to teetotaler Henry Ford s Detroit, where workers homes were searched to make sure they were dry.

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    • Arminius says:

      In America from 1920 to 1933 a grand experiment was tried on a divided issue of alcohol consumption. There was a huge push from groups like the Anti Saloon League and the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement to have alcohol distribution and consumption stopped. Wayne Wheeler as the head of the Anti Saloon League was able to muster together loose alliances such as wives of husbands who spent their money in saloons rather than on the household and anti-German citizens who resented the German im [...]

    • Dale says:

      Usually when I can't think of much to say about a book I'll go with "it was well-written", faint praise at best as one would hope a book that managed to get published was at least not poorly written. But I can't even muster up that much enthusiasm for this book. Maybe I've just been run ragged or fighting my biological impulse to hibernate lately, but I fell asleep more while reading Prohibition than any recent book I can remember. It didn't hold my attention at all, and some of the author's sty [...]

    • Ken Dowell says:

      An account of the 13 years that Prohibition was in effect in the U.S 1920-1933. To me it is one of the most interesting periods in U.S. history. How did the roaring 20’s happen at the same time that we were subjected to one of the most repressive moralistic laws ever passed?Most Prohibition tales focus on the mobsters and the politicians. What makes Behr’s account interesting is all of the characters he introduces us to who aren’t in either category There’s a scary woman from Kansas name [...]

    • Lee Hauser says:

      Flawed but enjoyableI greatly enjoyed this account of a critical period of American history which, I think, is seriously under-reported. This book is a little dry at times, but overall is very readable. I didn't see the TV series, so I have no idea how it relates, but I found the framing story of the Remus murder trial very effective.I'm sorry to say that the Kindle version is riddled with typos. It looks like the text was scanned and not well proof-read. Not sure why, with print books starting [...]

    • David Meyer says:

      This book provided a decent look at what America was like during the prohibition era. A lot of focus was put on the politics involved with the formation and ending of the Volstead Act. Also of note was the time spent regarding the life and eventual downfall of bootlegger George Remus. There were certain details in this book that I'd never heard, which provided a nice bit of new information. Other times, specifics of the prohibition story were somewhat glossed over, even though the author could w [...]

    • Thomas Holbrook says:

      I have learned I enjoy reading history. My family record reveals some “investment” by various family members in the production of whiskey - before, during and after prohibition. Most of those family members considered their making corn whiskey was not a crime but a means to feed their families in a region where “cash jobs” were few and subsistence farming often fell short of producing enough to sustain a large family through the lean months. Seeing this volume in a dealers’ store awok [...]

    • Kathy L. Brown says:

      This book is an accessible introduction to an influential era of American history. The book focuses on some of the more obvious causes for the rise of the dry movement---rural vs city, 'nativist' (ironic misnomer ) vs immigrants, religious vs secular, etc. As in most things, " follow the money" leads to the ultimate explanation---power plays among industrialists . I would have liked more information about how prohibition affected people's daily life. the book mostly concerned political, legal, b [...]

    • Sarah Zama says:

      An easy to read introduction to the Prohibition Era.I too have spotted some inaccuracies (and I see from other reviews there are more than I expected), and it's true the book sometimes floats away from the subject matter (the chapter about Chicago was basically NOT about Prohibition). But if you are a newcomer to the Prohibition Era - like I was when I read this book - and you're just trying to get a feeling for this time period and then move on to more in-depth works on the subject, it does the [...]

    • Paul Lunger says:

      On January 16, 1920, the greatest social experiment in American history went into affect as the age of Prohibition began with the passing of the 18th amendment. Across the next nearly 13 years, the US found out just how difficult it would be to enforce this new law & saw things about it change that still resonate to this day. In "Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America", Edward Behr describes Prohibition's roots in American history dating back to the founding of the US through the e [...]

    • Susan Ferguson says:

      A very close look at prohibition - before, during and after. Prohibition enabled the rise of the gangster mobs and their entrenchment in politics because enforcement was basically non-existent for those with the money to buy off the police, judges and politicians. In fact, the prohibition agents were political appointments so were ineffective from the very beginning. Mainly the people caught and jailed were the poor who could not afford to make the big pay-offs for protection.Drunkenness and alc [...]

    • Eric says:

      The authors purpose of writing this book was to inform readers of the history of prohibition throughout the world, like in Great Britain and mainly in the United States during the 1920s. I think the theme of the book was to inform the reader about the consequences of trying to enforce something that is practically unenforceable. I think that the book was a descriptive book. It describes what it was like leading up to prohibition and during the prohibition era by informing the readers of what kin [...]

    • Michael says:

      Not to bad. The book is mostly about some of the main players in the Prohibition years. I think I was hoping for more info about the national responses or how events played out and the general public responded. This book covers mostly the political and corruptive ends. It is informative and explains the main reasons prohibition failed. Basically, it was set up to fail from the start. Never had a chance. But considering this book was a companion to an A&E program,(which I never saw) it was pr [...]

    • Peter Burton says:

      A good read about a semi forgotten period.I enjoyed the background to the Prohibition decision which I knew nothing about but got a bit tired of tales of individual corruption and crime which I knew a bit more about.It made me think about modern drug laws which don't seem to be working but drink in moderation is possible while drug taking seems to be impossible in moderation unless one has a very disciplined life.Well written and useful.Possibly more useful to an American readership.

    • Annalisa says:

      Mr. Behr has written a very comprehensive account of the turbulent years around Prohibition. Since I write historical romance in that time period, I found the material extremely useful. The mind set of the populous, on both sides was clearly examined. As Mr. Behr writes--the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    • Hunter McCleary says:

      Enjoyed the sketches of various characters from Prohibition. just can't imagine from today's perspective that something like that could pass Congress. They are so dysfunctional today they can't agree what day of the week it is. Wish there was a chapter on how it affected the everyday family.

    • Brittany says:

      I love history books, especially when they cover speakeasies and the prohibition. Might be a little packed with facts, but I loved how much I learned about what went on behind the prohibition and what caused it.

    • Tara Godfrey says:

      Very interesting book on prohibition. Makes me want to learn more about the subject and the time period and the cast of characters in the book.

    • Loren Kantor says:

      Cool information but the writing is a bit "dry" (pun firmly intended).

    • MrsEnginerd says:

      Very informative book about the Prohibition era players and the approaches taken by the different government officials to enforce or ignore the Volstead Act. Can't wait to see the series.

    • John says:

      Some good chapters some bad - overall very readable

    • Amy says:

      A history of the 13 years of Prohibition in the U.S. Some of the information was interesting, but I found the narrative to be uneven.

    • Hapzydeco says:

      America's 13 year hangover. Good historical photos. Can legislation alone solve America's problems?

    • Barry says:

      Pretty interesting recap of the story behind Prohibition. Amazing how similar it is to some of the goverment programs currently proposed!

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