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Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel Hardcover – April 29, 2004
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Born in the mid-1800's and orphaned at the age of fifteen, JD immediately found himself working in a local Tennessee distillery manufacturing some of the highest quality spirits in the region from men who were the best in the business. He was known as the boy distiller.
In his early twenties, he had the opportunity to partnership with his mentor and the rest as they say is history.
It was not easy though. For decades he battled revenuers, the government, corrupt officials, temperance groups and later the prohibition movement. Even with these many adversities throughout his life, philanthropy was his middle name.
Peter Krass has uncorked an imbibing read of a unique man and the times in which he lived.
With a dearth of documentation regarding Jack Daniel, there is a consequently low number of resources for anyone interested in learning more about the legendary distiller. As such, Mr. Krass' effort represents a great opportunity for fans of the brand but it fails ultimately to deliver for a few key reasons. Most glaringly is Mr. Krass' inconsistency in presenting Jack Daniel, his brand, and those related to it. The hallmark of a great biographer is objectivity in terms of tone and content; Mr. Krass fails to deliver the former while vacillating greatly with the latter.
Given the author's self-proclaimed love of the whiskey in question, I mistakenly assumed that Mr. Krass' viewpoint would be favorable as it pertains to the Jack Daniel brand. Instead, it varied wildly between moments of blatant pomposity (particularly when the author references living residents of Lynchburg and their speech patterns) and of trite condescension (especially with a brief discussion of the Tennessee Squires in which the author references the group's communications as being, "...corny but well-meaning" and embodying a, "...folksy tone [that] is ubiquitous"). Regarding the company's marketing efforts, Mr. Krass regards them as featuring, "...Read more ›
I think this was a very worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in Jack Daniels and/or the Lynchburg, TN area.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Living as close to Lynchburg as I do, this book is just jam packed full of the history about the area. This is definitely a book that's hard to put down. Highly recommmended!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
purchased this book for a family member who is a collector of all things Jack Daniels. He loved it!Published 6 months ago by E. Smith
Great read! Anyone interested in the history of Middle Tennessee, whiskey making, prohibition, building a business with quality products, or Jack Daniel will find this to be a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Call me "Curmudgeon"
Easy to read and lots of history. It makes Jack's life very personal. It makes a person wish he/she could have met JackPublished on April 7, 2014 by Robert E. Rofidal