Tar Heel Lightnin': How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World

Daniel S Pierce (Author)
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Price: $30.00  $27.00
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Published Date: October 21, 2019
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781469653556

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About the Author

Daniel S. Pierce is professor of history at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His previous books include Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France.

Reviews

A crucial read, rich in both historical detail and folklore, dotted with compelling photos and century-old graphics.--Capital at Play


Pierce's book is a crucial read, rich in both historical detail and folklore, dotted with compelling photos and century-old graphics, and featuring extended looks at everyone from Sutton, Polk County bootlegger Betty Sims, and The Andy Griffith Show, to contemporary (and legal) locals like Troy & Sons' Troy Ball and Howling Moon Distillery's Cody Bradford." --Capital at Play


No dry academic study, the book is filled with intoxicating asides on moonshine humor, music, movies, road trips, and more.--WNC


Like all powerful historical accounts, Pierce's book both humanizes and complicates its subject. Stripping away cliches, it reframes moonshining as not merely a symbol of rebellion but also as the fruit of considerable ingenuity and a fundamental drive to survive.--Mountain Xpress


Well informed and entertainingly written. . . . The greatest strength of the book is its tone, which is engaging and conversational. Discussions of popular culture representations of moonshiners complement the historical narrative, and entertaining asides such as the author's "North Carolina Moonshine Playlist" (in chapter 14) add flavor and a touch of whimsy to the book.--CHOICE