Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.3 X 9.37 X 2.36 inches | 2.65 pounds

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About the Author
Mark Lawrence Schrad is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Villanova University. His most recent book, Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State (Oxford, 2014) has been translated into Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian, and Chinese. He is also the author of The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave (Oxford, 2010).

"In this groundbreaking, revisionist work on the history of temperance and prohibition. Schrad makes a compelling case that the temperance movement was not just an American phenomenon but "the most popular, most influential, and longest-lived international social-reform movement in the history of the world" (p. 9) ... This study will go a long way toward reorienting scholars' approach to temperance and prohibition." -- J. M. Richards, CHOICE

"The best book on Prohibition, period. It is a revelation on the causes and nature of the Prohibition movement, and takes a properly international perspective, considering colonies and indigenous peoples as well. You will never look at Prohibition the same way again." -- Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University

"A wide-ranging, thoroughly revisionist history... Readers won't look at temperance the same way once they take Schrad's inventive and persuasive thesis into account."--Kirkus, Starred Review

"[An] eye-opening reevaluation of the global temperance movement... Infused with knowledgeable sketches of world affairs and vivid profiles of activists and political figures including Carrie Nation and Swedish prime minister Hjalmar Branting, this is an authoritative reassessment of a misunderstood chapter in world history."--Publishers Weekly