Ardent Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition

Front Cover
Hachette Books, 1993 M03 22 - 386 pages
"This is first-rate popular history, full of anecdotes and vivid personalities, with a compelling narrative."--Smithsonian

Ardent Spirit covers the full range of the temperance idea in America, beginning in the early seventeenth century and continuing through the prohibition years, 1919-1933. Using a wide variety of sources, Kobler quotes the amusing and often startling comments relating to the efforts of prohibitionists and lawmakers, so that the speakeasies, the rum-running, the bootleggers, and the gang wars all come vividly to life. Here too are portraits of eccentrics, instant millionaires, law enforcement officers, and murderers-all part of the Noble Experiment which proved to be one of the most tragicomic sagas in American history.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - JazzFeathers - LibraryThing

I honestly expected more from this book. There is surely a lot of material, a great many little info covering some three hundred years of history. Still, it fails to give a complete portrait of the ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (1993)

John Kobler's (1910-2000) many books include biographies of John Barrymore, Henry Luce, John Hunter, and Otto Kahn. He wrote for the New Yorker and other magazines, and lived in New York City.

Bibliographic information