Last Call

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Author: Daniel Okrent

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439171691

Category: History

Page: 480

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A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. From its start, America has been awash in drink. The sailing vessel that brought John Winthrop to the shores of the New World in 1630 carried more beer than water. By the 1820s, liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. That Americans would ever agree to relinquish their booze was as improbable as it was astonishing. Yet we did, and Last Call is Daniel Okrent’s dazzling explanation of why we did it, what life under Prohibition was like, and how such an unprecedented degree of government interference in the private lives of Americans changed the country forever. Writing with both wit and historical acuity, Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces: the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement, which allied itself with the antiliquor campaign; the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities; the anti-German sentiment stoked by World War I; and a variety of other unlikely factors, ranging from the rise of the automobile to the advent of the income tax. Through it all, Americans kept drinking, going to remarkably creative lengths to smuggle, sell, conceal, and convivially (and sometimes fatally) imbibe their favorite intoxicants. Last Call is peopled with vivid characters of an astonishing variety: Susan B. Anthony and Billy Sunday, William Jennings Bryan and bootlegger Sam Bronfman, Pierre S. du Pont and H. L. Mencken, Meyer Lansky and the incredible—if long-forgotten—federal official Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who throughout the twenties was the most powerful woman in the country. (Perhaps most surprising of all is Okrent’s account of Joseph P. Kennedy’s legendary, and long-misunderstood, role in the liquor business.) It’s a book rich with stories from nearly all parts of the country. Okrent’s narrative runs through smoky Manhattan speakeasies, where relations between the sexes were changed forever; California vineyards busily producing “sacramental” wine; New England fishing communities that gave up fishing for the more lucrative rum-running business; and in Washington, the halls of Congress itself, where politicians who had voted for Prohibition drank openly and without apology. Last Call is capacious, meticulous, and thrillingly told. It stands as the most complete history of Prohibition ever written and confirms Daniel Okrent’s rank as a major American writer.
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The Last Call

Author: Philip Johnston

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059538952X

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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"Shannon, I don't understand. What do you want me to be?" "See James, that's the point. You're life is not about what everyone else wants you to be. It's about what you want to be, about finding out what makes you happy." The Last Call is the story of James Patrick Cameron, a man in his late twenties who grows unhappy with his dysfunctional life-a life he is desperate to change but feels powerless to do so. James lives and works in the same blue-collar town where he was raised. He hangs out with his two high school friends at the neighborhood bar. He works for his alcoholic father, James Patrick "Booby" Cameron Sr., the owner of a local contracting company, and is terrorized by his father's vice president, Mike Munro, who has a raging drug addiction. James moves aimlessly through life, drinking too much and caring too little. When he meets Shannon O'Rourke, a woman who motivates him to put his life in order, he knows he must make some changes. He starts working out, avoids his nightly appointments at the bar, and becomes more active in his father's business. But an escalating series of unfortunate events culminates in a decision that will change his life forever
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Last Call

Author: David Lee

Publisher: Wings Press

ISBN: 1609403762

Category: LITERARY CRITICISM

Page: 144

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Few poets of Western America fill the “organic intellectual” rôle better than David Lee. His poetry is the real deal when it comes to recording hilariously insightful (and linguistically accurate) observations of rural culture—and America at large—while using a host of astute literary allusions and techniques. Imagine Robert Frost simultaneously channeling Will Rogers and Ezra Pound. Imagine Chaucer with a twang. Last Call is bloody brilliant and wickedly witty. As Sam Hamill says, “If we were a civilized nation, we would declare David Lee a national treasure.”
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Last Call

Author: Morgan Burke

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439120692

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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the party room. On Manhattan's Upper East Side. Everybody's fabulous. No one gets carded. Then someone dies. The Prep School Killer is dead. Finally Kirsten can go on and leave the nightmare of her best friend Sam's murder behind her. Kirsten's at NYU now, but she still slips back to the Party Room on the Upper East Side of Manhattan--where the horror all began. But it's quiet now. Just Kirsten and her old friends and a mojito or three. Then the killer strikes again. And again. The killer wasn't Kyle after all. Someone's looking to settle the tab. Don't be the last one when the bar closes.
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The Last Call

Author: David Wambaugh

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781477262726

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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THE LAST CALL is a compelling and gritty memoir that depicts David’s story from the time he was adopted at six months old, by cop-turned NY TIMES #1 bestselling author, Joseph Wambaugh, and the colorful, but challenging, years growing up the son of a celebrity.David started drinking when he was a very young boy,and slipped into the darkness of addiction and mental illness by the time he was nine. Alcohol was the gas that fueled his countless self-imposed disasters that befell him for the next thirty years. He lived a life of lawlessness and debauchery, a convicted felon from the time he was 23, having been in several high speed car chases, fights, drugs, even accused, and turned in by his own parents, for committing a string of bank robberies. He was in and out of Institutions for the vast majority of his adult life, including drug rehabs, mental hospitals, jails, and ultimately State Prison. David had ability to stay one step ahead of the law, and, being a master manipulator, he was always able to con his way back into the good graces of his parents, with selfish motives. He was able to avoid almost all consequences his whole life, until one day his luck ran out and he got arrested for the last time. As David was sitting in the back of the cop car, He had a strange and powerful experience that was to change the course of his life forever. When he got out of prison, he had to learn to live. He was emotionally retarded, having never grown up, making his grand entrance into life at age 40. The Last Call is a story of tragedy, loss, miracles, and the Power of God.
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The Last Call

Author: Charles G. Finney

Publisher: Chick Publications

ISBN: 0758908393

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Biblical revival . . . and how you can have it! Over one hundred years ago, God raised up a mighty man named Charles G. Finney. Because of God's power in his life, Finney's piercing words penetrated to the hearts of God's people. Many Christians were shocked and angered, but many heeded his message. As a result, sleeping churches were awakened and a powerful biblical revival swept over the land. Today, we need this type of revival more than ever. To have it, we must follow the same time-tested methods used by Finney long ago. This enlightening book combines the burning words of Charles Finney with the irresistible cartoon art of Jack Chick to drive home many critical truths that are vital to all who long to experience true revival in their Christian life.
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Last Call

Author: Laura Pedersen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345471956

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Having descended from a long line of indomitable, good-humored Scots, Hayden MacBride sees no reason to take his own death lying down. In fact, he now spends his days crashing funerals for the free food and insight into the Great Beyond. Then he meets Rosamond, a nun playing hooky from the Holy Orders. Hayden is smitten the instant her heavy silver cross smacks him in the face when she leaps up to do the wave at a ball game. Luckily, Rosamond has picked the right person to teach her how to live . . . and to love–because nobody does both better than Hayden MacBride. However, Rosamond’s years in the convent have not prepared her for the oddball characters of Hayden’s world. There’s his ever-fretful, vigilant daughter, Diana, the “Dutchess o’ the Sidelong Glance”; his sweet grandson Joey, struggling to break free of his mother’s overprotective embrace; Hayden’s bagpipe-blowing cronies; the Greyfriars Gang; neighbor Bobbie Anne, a “working girl” full of good advice and tender mercies; and Hank, the sexy architect contemplating the priesthood–a big mistake in Hayden’s book. For Hayden thinks that Hank should be married to his daughter and raising Joey. And he has an elaborate plan to make Hank see things his way. . . . In an uproariously funny novel of love, laughter, and one man’s final call at the riotous watering hole called life, Laura Pedersen proves that miracles are all around us–when we open our eyes and our hearts to embrace them.
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Last Call

Author: K. L. Cook

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803215405

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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A collection of linked stories spanning three generations of one Texas family follows events that are both tender and tragic, such as a daughter's elopement and a lightning strike that provokes a mother of five to abandon her children. Winner of the Pairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.
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Last Call

Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time

Author: Brad Thomas Parsons

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0399582770

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

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From the James Beard Award-winning author of Bitters and Amaro comes this poignant, funny, and often elegiac exploration of the question, What is the last thing you'd want to drink before you die?, with bartender profiles, portraits, and cocktail recipes. Everyone knows the parlor game question asked of every chef and food personality in countless interviews: What is the last meal you'd want to eat before you die? But what does it look like when you pose the question to bartenders? In Last Call, James Beard Award-winning author Brad Thomas Parsons gathers the intriguing responses from a diverse range of bartenders around the country, including Guido Martelli at the Palizzi Social Club in Philadelphia (he chooses an extra-dry Martini), Joseph Stinchcomb at Saint Leo in Oxford, Mississippi (he picks the Last Word, a pre-Prohibition-era cocktail that's now a cult favorite), and Natasha David at Nitecap in New York City (she would be sipping an extra-salty Margarita). The resulting interviews and essays reveal a personal portrait of some of the country's top bartenders and their favorite drinks, while over 40 cocktail recipes and stunning photography make this a keepsake for barflies and cocktail enthusiasts of all stripes.
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