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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609492366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609492366
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...pops the cork off this conflicted era in the nation's capital, complete with vintage cocktail recipes, a walking tour of Prohibition-related sites, [and] plenty of entertaining history."
--Hill Rag, May 2011

"In short, it's a fascinating account of our past." --Washington Life, May 17, 2011

"The reader will come away amused, astonished, and greatly relieved that the days of Prohibition have long passed." --AlcoholReviews.com, May 18, 2011

"District residents were incredibly good at finding a way around the ban on booze." - DCist, October 31, 2011 

"Peck churned out one quirky anecdote after another, giving the audience a catalog of fun facts to pull out at happy hours." - National Journal Daily, May 8, 2012

About the Author

Garrett Peck is a literary journalist and craft beer-drinking, wine-collecting, gin-loving, bourbon-sipping, Simpsons-quoting, early morning-rising history dork. He is the author of The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet and leads the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in Washington, D.C. Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't is his second book. A native Californian and Virginia Military Institute graduate, he lives in lovely Arlington, Virginia.

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Garrett Peck is an independent historian and literary journalist. His fifth and latest book is "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C." Peck was involved with the DC Craft Bartenders Guild in lobbying the DC City Council to have the Rickey declared Washington's native cocktail. He researched and pinpointed the site of the Washington Brewery at Navy Yard, and is particularly proud that Green Hat Gin is named after a character Peck wrote about in his book "Prohibition in Washington, D.C.": congressional bootlegger George Cassiday. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, delivered the Ruth Ann Overbeck Lecture, and often speaks at literary clubs, historical societies, and trade associations.

Peck leads the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in the nation's capital, which has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program "Ten Things You Didn't Know About" with punk rock legend Henry Rollins. He also leads the Jazz History Tour of U Street, as well as tours of Seneca quarry.

Peck graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and earned a master's degree in international affairs at George Washington University. Peck has worked nearly two decades in marketing and is a former U.S. Army officer. A native Californian, he lives in Arlington, Virginia. www.garrettpeck.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo Hill on April 21, 2011
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Those of you who resent Republican attempts to legislate morality will
take heart from Garrett Peck's fascinating story of "Prohibition in Washington: How Dry We Weren't." Peck's description of t genesis and ultimate he failure of prohibition demonstrates the futility of trying to force other Americans to adopt standards contrary to common sense and popular will. Peck's entertaining and easy to read tale of the bootleggers and speakeasies in Washington DC during prohibition is filled with irony. Most interesting is the hypocrisy of the Congressmen and Senators who voted dry to appease their constituents and then retired to their offices or private venues to imbibe. Anyone who takes the time to read this book will get a close-up of the Washington of nearly a hundred years ago and, if they live in or have been in Washington, will recognize many of the venues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dana on February 27, 2013
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This is a great local history by someone who leads the Prohibition tour around D.C. and obviously has a great personal interest in the subject matter. An interesting read for any Washingtonian curious about what was happening in D.C. during Prohibition, and how the city where the law was passed acted during the noble experiment. Peck interviews local relatives of Prohibition figures and explores the haunts of Prohibition excess and the most notable local characters. A great read for anyone interested in the subject matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DC guy on June 3, 2011
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This book is so much more than a mere re-hash of Mr. Peck's popular "Temperance Tour." The book is well-researched and includes many "then and now" pictures, lots of interesting facts -- e.g., during Prohibition, any well-heeled Washingtonian could get a drink by snagging a invitation to an embassy event -- and even some vintage highball formulas. The book makes a great gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Rothstein on May 25, 2011
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Historian and author Garrett Peck has written an informative, interesting, and entertaining book about Prohibition in Washington, DC. For those who pass sites in DC every day, it's a particularly great read --"Oh, so that's what went on in this building eighty years ago?" For those looking to liberate themselves from the Appletini and other similar "concoctions," the recipes in "Cocktail Interlude" will provide welcome relief. Whether you enjoy history, liquor, DC, or just some enjoyable reading on a Sunday afternoon, this book will be very satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Kosar on May 12, 2011
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What fun! Peck nicely combines his skill as a tour guide (he leads a Temperance Tour in DC) and as a popular historian to good effect. "How Dry We Weren't" is a breezy read that gives the reader a real appreciation of the lunacy of Prohibition and its rotten effects on our nation's capitol.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pinmagic on April 13, 2011
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Following on the heels of his first book, "The Prohibition Hangover", Garrett Peck's new book covers the history, the impact, and the legacy of prohibition on the city of Washington, DC. If you live in DC, you'll recognize the many locations cited in the book. (Some are still in business today.) If not, you'll get a flavor for the city, which was supposed to be the Temperance Movement's "poster child" for the dry cause, but was anything but. The book makes clear that hypocrisy in politics is nothing new - presidents and Congressmen alike publicly supported prohibition, while privately imbibing in their own personal stashes of booze.

The book is light and fun - it's filled with old-time photos and maps, and even includes a section of cocktail recipes from Washington's history (including the original "Joe Rickey", called "air conditioning in a glass").

All-in-all, a fast and fascinating read on a unique chapter in American history.
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