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The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol [Hardcover]

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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Temple University Press
ISBN  1592132146  
EAN  9781592132140  

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A history of alcohol consumption in America demonstrates how it shaped American politics and culture from colonial times, discussing such topics as the transformation of attitudes regarding alcohol, its medical uses, its related movements and laws, and its impact on economics and geography. (History)

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Entertaining, lucid, and very well researched  Aug 29, 2007
This book has a perfect balance between in depth reaserch and entertainment. It is like Barbara Holland's "Joy of Drinking" with more in depth research. Burns does an excellent job of illustrating the joys of American spirits throughout our country's history. I found the book very enteraining, especially the passages about the founding fathers and the way they used to drink. It was very helpful with the research I was doing as well. If anyone has an interest in the subject or is curious about the roll alcohol played in our country (its a lot larger than you'd guess), then they should defineitley chose this book over the others.
Charming, Entertaining and Somewhat Sobering  Dec 3, 2006
Burns has produced a fascinating book and demonstrated that alcohol, as well as Americans' ambivalent attitudes towards it, has been an important subtheme in American history. Breezy and energetic, the book is well organized and moves briskly through many good stories of temperance wars. A fascinating read and a reliable historical reference.
Informative, Informal History of Alcohol use in America  Mar 13, 2006
"The Spirits of America" covers alcohol use in the United States from roughly colonial times to the end of prohibition, with some coverage of latter developments, such as Mothers against drunk driving. I enjoyed Burn's writing style.
I was surprised at how much drinking people in colonial times did, and how early in life they began.
Burns devotes much attention to the several waves of temperance and prohibition movements that began in about the 1820s and eventually culminated in prohibition.
easy to read  Aug 2, 2005
The spirit of america described the important facts about the social history of alcohol in america and it does it with a lot of humur. If yuo are interested in broadning your knoledge it is wonderful. But if you are intersted in a thorough history that will help schoallars and atudent of the field, you should read Drinking in America by Mark E. Lender and James K. Martin which is written in a more formal fashion (but also easy to read).
Eric Burns is great  Feb 9, 2004
Eric Burns does an awesome job on Fox News Watch and now he does just as good a job in this book. His fascinating stories about people like Thomas Jefferson are really entertaining. Who would think that the Supreme Court Justices were drunks! Probably a lot of people based on their rulings! lol

This book goes from the beginnings of drinking in America to the endings. It focuses on the big players and even some no names who I'd never have heard of if not for this book.

Even though Eric Burns is no scholar, he weaves an interesting tale. And he certainly deserves another Emmy for this one.


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