The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State

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Price
$27.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.4 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780393066951
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About the Author

Lisa McGirr is professor of history at Harvard University. She is the author of The War on Alcohol and an award-winning history of the new right, Suburban Warriors. She and her family live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reviews

In this remarkable book, Lisa McGirr transforms our understanding of Prohibition and its legacy. Moving beyond familiar tales of speakeasies and gangland violence, she shows how this episode contributed to the expansion of the authority of the modern American state and the origins of mass imprisonment. No history could be more timely.--Eric Foner, author of Gateway to Freedom
This is not just the best book ever written about the era of Prohibition; it is a landmark history of modern America. With splendid insight and illuminating details, Lisa McGirr demonstrates that the war on alcohol was the health of the state.--Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers
In her revelatory new book, Lisa McGirr moves Prohibition from the gin-soaked edges of the Roaring Twenties to the heart of the American state.--Kevin Boyle, author of Arc of Justice
[A] fascinating account of Prohibition and its consequences, written with verve, depth, and imagination.--Ira Katznelson, author of Fear Itself
Lisa McGirr has given us an admirably fresh look at a supposedly shopworn subject. She convincingly demonstrates that the Prohibition era deserves to be taken seriously as the nursery of many stubbornly persistent practices, including a moralizing, meddlesome state that targets its punitive powers on the least-advantaged citizens.--David M. Kennedy, author of Freedom from Fear
McGirr's book, fascinating and deeply researched, offers a startlingly fresh argument for why so many of our current problems--from the war on drugs to mass incarceration--grow out of Prohibition. Anyone who wants to understand the 1920s, 1930s, and 2000s should read this book.--Jonathan Alter, author of The Defining Moment