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Overall, it was an excellent read, and I recommend it to all history buffs (or alcohol buffs).
Suprisingly, in the seventeeth century alcohol was seen as "A Good Creature" and as healthful and nutritious to drink.
"It was the consensus, then, among a wide variety of observers that Americans drank great quantities of alcohol.
This books is a "tell all" about alcohol use & production (legal and illegal) in America. I've mentioned the book to several people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by planosue
This book is absolutely incredible! Once you start reading it, you cannot leave it until you've finished it! Really surprising information and very well-written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Viviana
The first few chapters of this book are really good. Then, it gets rather repetitive and tedious to read. Nevertheless, it is an interesting book with a unique perspective on U.S. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donavon Craner
It's a real eye opener to the way things actually were back when the country started. Alcohol has been with us for a long time.Published 13 months ago by Derek A Scott
This is a quick read that packs in a lot of detail and history. The stories of America's 19th century dining and drinking habits are both delightful and disgusting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by K. Layne
For a mass market book of this type, it is long on early history, i.e., on or before the middle of the 18th century, and short on modern history. Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by James Hitchcock Ochiltree
hsrd to find classic.
The recent Ken Burns "Prohibition" film on PBS was probably based, in part, on facts in this classic. Read more
What I liked:
The author used many humorous stories to make his point, keeping the book both entertaining and instructive. Read more