- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.; Reprint edition (November 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934597201
- ISBN-13: 978-1934597200
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prohibition's Prince: The Bizarre Life of America's Millionaire Moonshiner Reprint Edition
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"Guy Graybill is a gifted teacher with the innate talent of making history come alive by igniting his students’ curiosity about events past and making them excited about study projects related to the assigned topic." James Humes Presidential Speech Writer Guy Graybill is the author of "Keystone: A History of Pennsylvania" and "Bravo! Greatness of Italian Music".
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It will be educational to those who want to learn about the moonshine business, prohibition and life in the hills, towns and back roads of Central Pennsylvania, during the time.
However, this particular work falls short on effectively delivering that drama. The work is non-linear and is best described as a collection of interviews or vignettes not organized in a logical or interesting manner. The unnecessary repetition, like listing Farrington's arrests at least three times, makes the reader experience a sense of unwanted deja vu. There's a plethora of detail on Farrington's associates, which only dilutes the story that should be Farrington. It was like reading a bunch of raw interviews or stories that were not massaged into a coherent and compelling prose.
The criticisms aside, this book would be appreciated by those from north central PA who may have heard tales about Farrington, but know few of the truths, including the origins of what is often believed to be his sobriquet. They will be surprised of how many of Farrington's still locations and how many of Farrington's confederates they may be familiar with. For others, this work provides an outline of a bootlegger, but more importantly, the local impact one such criminal had.
I would recommend purchasing the companion to this " Prince and Paupers" as this will lessen the confusion.