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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From its start, America has been awash in drink. The caall vessel that brought John Winthrop to the shores of the New World in carried more beer than water. By the s, liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. That Americans would ever agree to relinquish their booze was as lsst as it was astonishing. Writing with both wit and historical acuity, Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces: Through it all, Americans kept drinking, going to remarkably creative lengths to smuggle, sell, conceal, and convivially and sometimes fatally imbibe their favorite intoxicants.

Last Call is peopled with vivid characters of an astonishing variety: Mencken, Meyer Lansky and the incredible—if long-forgotten—federal official Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who throughout the twenties was the most powerful woman in the country.

Last Call is capacious, meticulous, and thrillingly told. He worked in book publishing as an editor at Knopf and Viking, and was editor-in-chief of general books at Harcourt Brace.

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Sign up and get a free eBook! Price may vary by retailer. Add to Cart Add to Cart. A frenzy of cars, trucks, wagons, and every other imaginable form of conveyance crisscrossed the town and battled its steepest hills.


Porches, staircase landings, and sidewalks were piled high with boxes and crates delivered on the last possible day before transporting their contents would become illegal. San Franciscans could hardly have been surprised. Olympic track team—was driving with two classmates through the late-night streets of San Jose when his car crashed into a telephone pole.

Lilly and caniel of his buddies were badly hurt, but they would recover. Its disgorged contents turned the street red. Roosevelt spent the evening drinking champagne with other members of the Harvard class of There were of course those who welcomed the day.

Review: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, by Daniel Okrent – The Globe and Mail

No one marked the day as fervently as evangelist Billy Sundaywho conducted oktent revival meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile, and the children will laugh.

Hell will be forever for rent. Lane may have provided the most accurate view of the United States of America on the edge of this new epoch.

Einstein has declared the law of gravitation outgrown and decadent.

Review: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, by Daniel Okrent

Drink, consoling friend of a Perturbed World, is shut off; and all goes merry as a dance in hell! How did a freedom-loving people decide to give up a okrentt right that had been freely exercised by llast upon millions since the first European colonists arrived in the New World? How did they condemn to extinction what was, at the very moment of its death, the fifth-largest industry in the nation?

How did they append to their most sacred document words that knew only one precedent in American history? With that single previous exception, the original Constitution and its first seventeen amendments limited the activities of government, not of citizens. Now there were two exceptions: In truth, January 16,signified a series of innovations and alterations revolutionary in their impact.


The alcoholic miasma enveloping much of the nation in the nineteenth century had inspired a movement of men and women who created a template for political activism that was still being followed a century later.

To accomplish their ends they had also abetted the creation of a radical new system of federal taxation, lashed their lst goals to the conduct of a foreign war, and carried universal suffrage to the brink of passage. In the years ahead, their accomplishments would take the nation through a sequence of curves and switchbacks that would force the rewriting of the fundamental contract between citizen and government, accelerate a recalibration of the social cal between men and women, and initiate a historic realignment of political parties.

In could anyone have believed that the Eighteenth Amendment, ostensibly addressing the single subject of intoxicating beverages, ojrent set off an avalanche of change in areas as diverse as international trade, speedboat design, tourism practices, soft-drink marketing, and the English language itself? Or that it would provoke the establishment of the first nationwide criminal syndicate, the idea of home dinner parties, the deep engagement oast women in political issues other than suffrage, and the creation of Las Vegas?

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Prohibition changed the way we live, and it fundamentally redefined the role of the federal government. How the hell did it happen? Scribner May Length: The Books Behind the Documentaries. Last Call Trade Paperback Get a FREE e-book by joining our lwst list today!

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