Gentlemen Bootleggers and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$21.13
Qty:1
  • List Price: $27.95
  • Save: $6.82 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.81
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots Hardcover – July 1, 2014


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$21.13
$14.97 $15.31


Frequently Bought Together

Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots + West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776
Price for both: $38.17

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613748485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613748480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Bauer serves up history just the way I like it—straight and with a strong punch. Gentlemen Bootleggers is insightful, well-written, and highly entertaining.” —Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster

"Bauer’s work is well documented and thoroughly detailed, leaving no doubt that these events really and truly happened (there are some skeptics who deny bootlegging even occurred in Iowa). But one of the best parts of Gentlemen Bootleggers is the level of engagement with which Bauer tells the story. His writing feels effortless; more like a really enjoyable conversation over several drams on a late winter’s afternoon, rather than a starchy, overly annotated tome gathering dust on a library stack. Like Fred Minnick’s Whisky Women in 2013, Gentlemen Bootleggers is a solid debut and hopefully not the last we’ve seen of Bauer on the subject of spirits." —Drinkhacker.com
"The book is well researched and filled with amazing detail gleaned from a myriad of sources. [...] This work is a highly interesting detailed study of one town's response to Prohibition. Highly recommended." —California Grapevine

“The story of the legendary ‘Templeton rye’ and the midwestern bootlegging empire that created this liquor is a fascinating slice of American history. Bauer has written a vivid and comprehensive tale, full of characters, action, anecdotes, facts, and cultural observations, that provides a compelling look at this peculiar period. Gentleman Bootleggers is a necessary addition to existing scholarship and a must-have for any scholar or fan of the Prohibition era, bootlegging, and the distillation of illegal spirits.” —Matt Bondurant, author of The Wettest County in the World

"A quiet revolt against Prohibition happened in Templeton, Iowa, where the famous Templeton rye whiskey was made illegally and prized by its consumers. This is a book full of interesting characters, especially Iowa’s bootlegging king Joe Irlbeck, his confederates in town and the lawmen who tried to catch up with the lot of them." —Omaha World-Herald

"Mr. Bauer carefully pulls us along as the moonshining business in Templeton expands and the lawmen attempt to bring it down. His book is full of the little gems that come only from spending serious time in the back rooms of good libraries." —The Wall Street Journal



"Bauer turns phrases easily [...]. Readers will be entertained." —Publishers Weekly 

"A fascinating, well-researched glimpse into a much-­storied period in U.S. history." —Library Journal

“Save for repeal, few good things came of the Eighteenth Amendment. But Templeton rye was one of them. Rethink the Prohibition era in a Grant Wood landscape with the Good Soldier Schweik as Public Enemy Number One, add a few episodes of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, and you’ve got a pretty good sense of Bauer’s story. A nifty bit of local history, it can be read with both gain and pleasure anywhere that whiskey is enjoyed and civil disobedience respected.” —David Schoenbaum, author of The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument

“A well-researched, engaging look at an Iowa bootlegging operation and how the bonds and intimacy of small-town life kept it alive.” —Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

“Pesky revenuers be damned, Gentleman Bootleggers uncovers how small-town Iowa worked together to make and sell rye whiskey. This book will make you crave untaxed liquor . . . the illegal stuff.” —Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey

Gentlemen Bootleggers presents an intriguing and accurate account of Templeton rye production during Prohibition and reveals how this illegal activity saved many farmers in the area from foreclosure. Bauer, as a meticulous researcher, does an excellent job of weaving local history with state and national events.” —Arthur Neu, former lieutenant governor of Iowa

About the Author

Bryce T. Bauer is a Hearst Award– winning journalist who has written for Saveur, the Daily Iowan, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and other publications. He is coproducing and cowriting the documentary Whiskey Cookers: The Amazing Story of the Bootleggers of Templeton, Iowa.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 12 customer reviews
Well written, full of information, I read it in three days.
Donald Goergen
This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the history of prohibition and of Iowa during this time period.
Brian L. Cook
I grew up just north of Templeton Iowa and heard stories of the bootlegging days from that era.
Rich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DCM on June 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As Daniel Okrent's Last Call is to national Prohibition, Eig's Get Capone is to the Chicago Unit, and The Spirits of Just Men and The Wettest County in the World is to the Franklin County, VA moonshiners, Bauer's Gentlemen Bootleggers is to the story of the Templeton rye bootleggers: authoritative, deeply researched, incredibly well crafted, erudite and even lyrical. It is destined to join other books as part of the "Prohibition" canon, especially the small town USA Prohibition canon.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RET on June 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
When Templeton Rye launched its product several years ago, they accompanied it with a marketing campaign full of tales of Prohibition-era bootlegging and Al Capone. The company soon got itself into trouble in whiskey circles for its misleading claims of making a rye based on Iowa bootlegging recipes, when it was in fact bottling LDI’s 95% rye. As a result, many bloggers and whiskey diehards have viewed them with suspicion ever since.

Yet in the way that internet croakers often do, some of Templeton Rye’s critics took their invective too far, and in so doing wound up making statements as rank as the objectionable marketing ever was. What I’m referring to is the bogus claim made by some that there was never any bootlegging in Templeton, Iowa in the first place, a claim that now has a well-written book standing to refute it.

That objective probably isn’t what Bryce Bauer had in mind when he penned Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots. Instead, he likely wanted to produce a well-written piece of non-fiction to feed the appetite for whiskey tales that has grown hand-in-hand with the thirst for whiskey itself. He achieved both goals, and handily at that.

Gentlemen Bootleggers is the entertaining tale of Carroll County, Iowa, an enclave of German Catholics in a sea of temperance-minded, Mid-Western Protestants. In many ways, the rural farming community reminded me of Marion County, Kentucky as a place where cultural clashes led to a place that viewed meddling outsiders with suspicion, and thus became a hotbed of moonshining when those outsiders came in and made alcohol illegal.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Fischer on July 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very well written & interesting. Knew many of the names mentioned. Also learned a lot about the history of this region which I grew up in! Especially enjoyed that it was written by a man from Audubon as I know his family.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Cook on July 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the history of prohibition and of Iowa during this time period. I couldn't put it down!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my son-in-law because Templeton Rye is his favorite whiskey. After receiving the book in the mail, I decided to read it before giving it to my son-in-law. It is informative and entertaining.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up just north of Templeton Iowa and heard stories of the bootlegging days from that era. Very informative and enjoyable to read. It helped to make a lot of sense out of some of the stories I was told.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?