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This book of tales from Allison's three decades as a federal agent raiding illegal liquor operations in the South stems from stories he told his grandchildren. Though they are colorful evocations of a period that no longer exists, he fails to persuade that these stories deserve a wide audience. Allison has a certain charm as he describes his hardscrabble fellow agents who combed the rural byways in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, searching for stills and outsmarting often dim-witted moonshiners. The few pages he devotes to the decline of illegal liquor activity are interesting and leave one thirsting for more. Perhaps it's the range of eclectic people he worked with and encountered (like a naked moonshiner) that allow him to say, "I was very fortunate to have had a job that I enjoyed so much." The judges Allison describes are also characters, although some readers may be appalled by their propensity to convict. Allison's gushing fondness for his longtime wife is refreshing, as is his joy in the life he has led. But his unqualified insistence on employing the term "Negro" because it was the term used then, and his apparent disdain for the changes in race relations that he has witnessed--stating, for example, "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the most drastic laws that Congress had ever passed"--are unlikely to win him many readers outside of his home region. 8 pages illus.

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"A full-fledged account of the cat and mouse contest between moonshiners and revenue agents. Anyone who loves a good adventure story will love this book." -- The Anniston Star, February 4, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: NewSouth, Inc. (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603060065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603060066
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some time back a Montgomery friend asked me to read a memoir that had been written by a former agent for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division (ATF) of the IRS -- a "revenuer" as they once were called. The author was Thomas R. Allison. Since much of Allison's career had been spend in northeast Alabama, my friend figured I would be interested, and he was right. So the manuscript was delivered. I read it. Encouraged my friend to encourage the author, and that was all I heard of it until a few months ago, when a copy of Moonshine Memories arrived on my desk, along with a note thanking me for all I had done. Understand this. I didn't do anything. This is the author's work and he should be justly proud. Begun as a way to tell his grandchildren about the life he led, Allison's tales grew into a full-fledged account of the one of the most legend-filled conflicts in southern history -- the cat and mouse contest between moonshiners and revenue agents. It is the story of lawmen chasing rumors, of stake-outs, of raids, of successes, and of failures, of excitement and danger, of painstaking investigations and boring dead-ends. Anyone who loves a good adventure story will love this book. But there is more to Moonshine Memories than ripping good yarns. Woven into the stories is one of the best accounts of how the illegal liquor business worked and how the men assigned to stop it did their job. Here is a look into an aspect of southern culture that, until now, has been obscure if not unknown. If you want to know what inspired songs like "Mountain Dew" and "Thunder Road," read this book. Best of all, if you like to read about southern "personalities," this book is for you.Read more ›
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Tom Allison has written a great book about the ATF's work in rural Alabama and Tennessee in busting illegal liquor. There is a lot fo humor in this book and plenty of very interesting characters, all true. I understand that this was written as a memoir, but ended up being very popular. It is definitely worth reading.
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I knew this author personally. This book is an account of the days he worked for ATF. Most southern states had moonshine stills operating in the deep woods and his stories are funny, poignant and well-written.
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Living and growing up in the 40s and 50s in the Moonshine Belt of the South, I enjoyed reading this memoir of a real shiner chaser.
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Being from Alabama, this was a must read on history of the moonshiner and also how it related to the racing industry
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