Last Call has ratings and reviews. J.L. said: The best part of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is Daniel Okrent’s account of the fo. Yet we did, and Last Call is Daniel Okrent’s dazzling explanation of history of Prohibition ever written and confirms Daniel Okrent’s rank as a. Last Call by Daniel Okrent – A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years to , when the US Constitution.

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To make Prohibition possible, these disparate minorities cleared some incredible hurdles. It stands as the most complete history of Prohibition ever written and confirms Daniel Okrent’s rank as a major American kkrent. Okrent does a great job handling all of the personalities, laws, parties, movements, social aspects, cultural views, and commercial both legal and otherwise inspired by the 18th Amendment.

The chapters on Wayne Wheeler were worth the price of the book alone.

The resulting volume of petty criminals ushered into Federal Courts nearly swamped the system, and gave rise to mass plea bargaining. The falling tax revenues of the depression made funding government a dire problem. Banning alcohol was seen as a way of making them either leave the country or assimilate.

Liquor was cheaper than tea, safer than water, and used as currency in many western States during the years of the early republic. The mayor knew he could count on the cooperation of the town prosecutor and the town judge, because he held both of those jobs, too.

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There were passing references to gangsters and bootleggers and a mention of crime families in the epilogue, but the question of whether or not Joseph Kennedy was lazt bootlegger received more attention.

We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. In other words, the rise in the crime rate was incredibly minimal, but it all made for great headlines in newspapers whose owners were ‘wets’ more often than not, meaning they didn’t support prohibition in the first place — as a legal institution, and therefore were more than thrilled to write about anything that might promote its overturn.


Jul 17, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: Daniel Okrent weaves a brilliant tapestry of the many threads that brought the 18th Amendment into being.

Selected pages Page 5. We certainly haven’t seen the last of these crusades. By the s, liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. Additionally, they tried to embed Prohibition in American society with larger strategies of varying degrees of reprehensibility: The initiation of the income tax under the 17th amendment becomes the key prerequisite to passage of the 18th because it replaces alcohol excise tax revenue.

By the time we reached the industrial age, with horrible working conditions, and sickeningly cramped tenement houses, it is any wonder the men want to spend their off hours at the okreht Both America and lasr weird proclamations and weirder principles seem a way-distant remove from the one we live in today, but Okrent notes the surprising similarities as well as the obvious disparities.

Ten thousand grateful people jammed Sunday’s enormous tabernacle to hear him announce the death of liquor and reveal the advent of an earthly paradise. This is an all-encompassing work that was several years in omrent making and his attention to detail and immaculate research are impressive.

The forty-gallon barrel of wine they’d been transporting would not. The”noble experiment” of prohibition was anything but noble and the author reveals the rise and fall of dry America in all its ugly hypocrisy. Wonderful, funny, informative and surprising. Pierre, a French territory, was also used to stage Canadian liquor both for shipment to the US and back to Canada to avoid domestic taxes.

There has been, of course, quite a lot of writing that has touched on the 14 years,when the United States tried to legislate drinking out of existence, but the great bulk of it has been as background to one mobster tale or another.

The “dry” point of view: Okrent presents a fascinating and thorough breakdown of the causes, practice and lack thereofand conclusion of fourteen years of Prohibition in America.


Time, effort and money well spent! And why prohibition was supported simultaneously by northern progressives and the Ku Klux Klan. In could anyone have believed that the Eighteenth Amendment, ostensibly addressing the single subject of intoxicating beverages, would set off an daneil of change in areas as diverse as international trade, speedboat design, tourism practices, soft-drink marketing, and the English language itself? Would that all history books ddaniel this enjoyable to read!

While the story of Prohibition is lat suspenseful, since we know how this social experiment turned out, Okrent former public editor, New York Times helpfully fills in details, explanations, and lessons to be learned while supplementing the familiar story of how legislated temperance did not succeed. This books tells the history of how this all happened. In the 19th century, the U.

Now he has taken on a more formidable subject: The unraveling and eventual repeal of the 18th Amendment; however, made many of the final sections of the book interesting. But there is so much more – Prohibition’s contribution to the rise of the Caribbean tourism industry, Prohibition’s effect on the widening rift between Orthodox and Reform Jews, the role of Catholic and Jewish religious figures in the dissemination of illicit booze, how the bootlegging industry laid the basis for stock car racing in the American South, the consolidation of the American beer and liquor industries due to Prohibition, how lingering anti-German sentiment aided the passing of the Eighteenth Amendment.

It jumps around a lot, and relies on illuminating anecdotes rather than long narrative arcs.

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Despite its repeal, the 18th Amendment left an enduring legacy. How did they condemn to extinction what was, danie the very moment of its death, the fifth-largest industry in the nation? More By and About This Author. A book of social science.