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Description - Spirits Of America by Eric Burns

American politics and culture have been greatly influenced by alcohol since colonial times. Eric Burns's witty and comprehensive book, The Spirits of America, looks at what he calls "the first national pastime," and details the transformation of alcohol from virtue to vice and back again. Burns describes how liquor was thought of as both scourge and medicine. Bringing such vivid characters as Carrie Nation and other crusaders against drink back to life, Burns explains how and why Prohibition - the culmination of the reformers' quest - had as much to do with politics and economics and geography as it did with spirituous beverage.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781592132690
ISBN-10: 1592132693
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Temple University Press,U.S.
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 25-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eric Burns

Eric Burns is the host of "Fox News Watch" on the Fox News Channel. He was named by the Washington Journalism Review as one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism. His other books include Broadcast Blues and The Joy of Books.