“…a lively account of the battle of the local industry to survive against aggressive government efforts to shut it down." --Sonoma Index-Tribune
“When the Rivers Ran Red” by Vivienne Sosnowski, chronicles the impact of Prohibition in California wine country. Intelligent, engaging, sympathetic and sharp.—The Kansas City Star
"Sosnowski's fascinating account of how Napa and Sonoma winemakers struggled to survive during the national insanity known as Prohibition fills a giant hole in the history of American wine. Wine lovers everywhere should thank her for tracking down survivors, many now in their 90s, who provided rich accounts of what it was like to live through that terrible nightmare. A tale well told, Sosnowski has a fine touch." -- George M. Taber, bestselling author of Judgment of Paris
“This tale of a little-known aspect of American history will be enjoyed by Californians, as well as oenophiles and history buffs.”--Library Journal
It is a fascinating story and a case study of what can happen when the federal government passes draconian laws which are clearly unenforceable.
The author, Vivienne Sosnowski, has done an excellent job of documenting the wine industry of California- beginning long before it was an industry in the early 1900's.
As others have commented, the author seems to go in for hyperbole and the writing can seem strained and stilted... an academic trying too hard for "impact."
Vivienne Sosnowski's "When the Rivers Ran Red" is a decently written, decently presented history of the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country during Prohibition. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Miles D. Moore
Well written documentary outline of the government imposed prohibition. The people of the wine country survived against all odds and goverment mismanagement. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bill Manion
A last minute gift idea. Was not sure that it would arrive on time, but it did and came in excellent condition. Have not read it yet, but looking forward to doing so.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good read about California wine country during Prohibition. Perfect book for the beach. This book is well worth reading for anyone interested in the history of the area.Published on August 6, 2012 by Stefano
If you like wine, enjoy history, and getting into the realm of human interest; you put them all together and Vivienne Sosnowski has given that type person a great read. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by steve
One would think that I would know a little history, as I live in one of the Central Valley regions. I did know that wine production and grape growing were affected, but I never had... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Frederick S. Goethel
This history is fascinating, but the story is so poorly told, I could not follow it, and quickly lost interest.Published on October 14, 2010 by HazelC
...very poorly written. This is too bad, because as other reviewers have said, it is clear the author did a lot of research. Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by TomRV
It's difficult to imagine that the American politic would enact something as destructive as Prohibition; difficult until one examines today's political atmosphere and sees the... Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Richard Harrold