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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; New edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813190541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813190549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The late David M. Maurer was professor of English at the University of Louisville. He was also the author of The Big Con: The Story of the American Confidence Man.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By on April 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book in college for kicks and it opened my eyes about many things. Moonshiners were not just crusty old mountaineers who wanted to get drunk and have a good time. This book explains how the social and economic aspects of an agrarian sub-culture led to an era of Americana that has been immortalized by icons like the Hatfield/McCoy feud, Snuffy Smith, and characters from "The Andy Griffith Show". Maurer shows how a seemingly innocuous pasttime like making illicit liguor grew from an immigrant tradition to the sport of NASCAR. Anecdotes, pictures, illustrations, and testimony brings it all together. A good read for anyone intersted in a often misunderstood piece of American history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cfeagans on November 13, 2014
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Well written and referenced. This text gives a clear and concise picture of moonshine culture, though I would like to seem some more specifics, particularly insight and perhaps ethnographic perspectives into some of the historical figures and their families then and now. What were the conflicts that existed between moonshiners in the same geographic areas? How did their families cope with the lifestyle? What about now? Do their decedents embrace their past or wish it to fade away? I realize this is well outside the scope of the text, but I mention it as perhaps the next logical step for another writer (or perhaps Maurer).
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