Bootleggers and Beer Barons of the Prohibition Era

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McFarland, Apr 15, 2014 - History - 432 pages
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   This work is an accurate, wide-ranging, and entertaining account of the illegal liquor traffic during the Prohibition Era (1920 to 1933). Based on FBI files, legal documents, old newspapers and other sources, it offers a coast-to-coast survey of Volstead crime--outrageous stories of America's most notorious liquor lords, including Al Capone and Dutch Schultz. Readers will find the lesser known Volstead outlaws to be as fascinating as their more famous counterparts. The riveting tales of Max Hassel, Waxy Gordon, Roy Olmstead, the Purple Gang, the Havre Bunch, and the Capitol Hill Bootlegger will be new to most readers. Likewise, the exploits of women bootleggers and flying bootleggers are unknown to most Americans. Books about Prohibition usually note that Canadian liquor exporters abetted the U.S. bootleggers, but they fail to go into detail. Bootleggers and Beer Barons examines the major cross-border routes for smuggling liquor from Canada into the U.S.: Quebec to Vermont and New York, Ontario to Michigan, Saskatchewan to Montana, and British Columbia to Washington.
 

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This was an interesting and fascinating book. I have done a lot of reading and documentary watching of prohibition and the bootleg era... and this book contained a lot of great information I had not ... Read full review

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Mixed feelings about this book. Packs a lot of information - most of it interesting and illuminating, but lacks coherence and integration, so I comes off as just a collection of vignettes. It's at its ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
King Alcohol Dethroned
3
When Liquor Is Outlawed Outlaws Will Have Liquor
31
The Cycle of History
305
Volstead Vocabulary
371
Chapter Notes
381
Bibliography
411
Index
417
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About the author (2014)

 J. Anne Funderburg has done extensive research on Volstead crime, relying heavily on sources published during Prohibition to capture the true flavor of the era. She lives in Middletown, Delaware.

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