The Real Last Call
Daniel Okrent, the first public editor of The New York Times, is an accomplished non-fiction writer. In LAST CALL: THE RISE AND FALL OF PROHIBITION he puts his considerable gifts on display. The dry movement began in the end of the nineteenth century and gathered steam at the time of the First World War. Riding a groundswell propelled by anti-immigrant, anti-German, anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic prejudice, a minority of Americans forced its flawed views on an apathetic majority. The result was fourteen years that dramatically changed American society forever—the era of Prohibition. This is a fascinating and vivid story that is well-told and carefully researched. LAST CALL is available now from Scribner, in stores and online, for $30. It is a must read especially if you are watching BOADWALK EMPIRE.