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Reader recommendation: Last Call

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By Tracy Coombs, Madison, Wis. / August 2, 2010

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is a colorful historical tapestry. Daniel Okrent skillfully weaves together the diverse components of that failed chapter in US Constitutional history. He demonstrates how "dry" advocates learned lessons that are still used in political activism today, and how Prohibition was linked with the women's suffrage movement. He paints vivid portraits of beer barons and rum runners, Presidents and blind pig patrons.

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