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Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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“The breadth of the well-researched material makes Bootleg a substantial resource for reports; a deep bibliography and copious source notes provide ample opportunities for further study…this book is also a lively read…” ―School Library Journal
“While lively anecdotes and personal stories keep the reading brisk and often quite jovial, readers are never allowed to ignore the fact that so many "good" citizens became insidiously inured to casually breaking the law, and that acknowledging the realities of this moral lapse ultimately led to repeal.” ―BCCB
“An informative, insightful account of a fascinating period of American history.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The scope is ambitious, but Blumenthal investigates various tangents with telling anecdotes, quotes, statistics, photographs, and illustrations without losing her focus on the bigger picture. Whether you consider ongoing problems with substance abuse or increasingly polarized political discourse, the book is startlingly relevant to modern times in many ways, marking Blumenthal as one of the more intellectually adventurous authors writing for young adults today.” ―Horn Book Magazine
“…a highly readable, well-shaped look at the Eighteenth Amendment… Plenty of archival images lend to the book's pleasant design, and an ample bibliography and source notes close out this top-notch resource, which will also help spark discussion on the current War on Drugs.” ―Booklist
About the Author
KAREN BLUMENTHAL is a long-time journalist who has written for both adults and young people. She previously wrote about the 1920s in Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, which was a Sibert Honor Book, and about social change in Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, which won a Jane Addams Children's Book Award. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
Top Customer Reviews
It’s a quick read, briskly covering approximately 100 years of American background. How can that be given the fact that Prohibition itself only lasted 13 years? Well, Blumenthal rightly explores the decades that led up to this grand social experiment as there were several important events that culturally ‘set the stage’ for a voting electorate to get behind such a daunting political achievement. That’s a reality many books leave out or only cover superficial; to her credit, Blumenthal embraces what effect Morris Sheppard, Carrie Nation, and a handful of important others had on society-at-large.
At a lean 130 pages, BOOTLEG clearly doesn’t fathom the depths of these events. Instead, Blumenthal keeps the target focused on young readers, choosing to present perhaps only the more colorful players that set America on the path to enacting the Eighteenth Amendment. In fact, the first half of her work concentrates on the formative incidents, leaving the second half free to investigate the people who made Prohibition what it was: bootlegger Bill McCoy, cultural pioneer Henry Ford, and (naturally) mobster Al Capone.
Because I have read so much of this subject matter, it would be easy to brush aside BOOTLEG and criticize its brevity.Read more ›
Blumenthal goes back to the earliest days of the Pilgrims to trace the history of liquor in America, noting that rum was almost a form of currency in the earliest days of the country. In the 19th century, taverns multiplied, as did concerns about excessive drinking, leading to the formation of the temperance movement, who at first worked toward drinking in moderation. Soon, however, the movement changed its platform to total abstinence. The author profiles some of the most important personalities from the temperance movement, such as Morris Sheppard, the "boy orator of Texas" who was the first to introduce a constitutional amendment against "an evil that will prove to be the source of the nation's death," and Carrie Nation, the infamous "bar smasher" who believed she was on a mission from God to destroy saloons. The temperance movement was the first to put women in leadership positions, and forever changed women's influence in politics.Read more ›
It's well written and well done, but more, you can read between the lines and see the similarities, the cause and effect, the different outcomes that COULD have been as they relate to our own social issues today. Specifically, We all get so up in arms in this country about drug smuggling, medical marijuanna, abortion, gun control, even gay marriage. The two tidal waves of opinion that first started, and then ended prohibition are valuable lessons for us all today and are well preseneted by the author!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My students loved the book. One kid actually snuck it out of the classroom to finish reading it at home.Published 26 days ago by Whitney Nielsen
First off i did not read this book, so I can not speak for the content. However, I had purchased this book as a Christmas gift and when it arrived I was shocked to see how flimsy... Read morePublished 5 months ago by sznic
Trying to research the Prohibition era, and this book was a great overall reference.Published 10 months ago by Michael
Good book for middle school or high school students. Easy and fast to read.Published 11 months ago by Jim Wenzloff
I bought this for my grandson. He needs it for school. I started reading it and found it very interesting.Published 11 months ago by Birdy
A short read that gives a brief history. Guess I was looking for something with more detail. I should have checked the page count before I purchased.Published 13 months ago by Adam W
Bday gift for my brother & he LOVED this!! Started reading it & said it's a great book!!!!!Published 17 months ago by HeatherNorthShore