"["The Hour"] has long been regarded as a classic . . . Strait is the gate and narrow is the way to Mr. DeVoto's magic cocktail kingdom."--"The New York Times"
"DeVoto insists in delightfully snooty language that there are only two cocktails, the slug of whisky and the perfectly-measured martini." --"The New Yorker" Book Bench blog
"In terms of the cult of happy hour, this may be the best tome ever written, and if you like to shake and stir at all, it is an essential volume to keep on your bar cart."--The Daily Beast
"["The Hour"] is a celebration of good plain bourbon and rye, and of the martini, America's gifts to the world."--"The Boston Globe"
"Witty and chattily informative. . . "--"The Baltimore Sun"
"Bernard DeVoto's "The Hour," first published in 1948, is a paean to the restorative powers of a quiet drink at the end of the working day. . . it is almost a cocktail in itself, being at once soothing and refreshing."
-- Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post"
." . .immensely quotable, curmudgeonly but smart--think Dorothy Parker's stern eye mixed with the sass of Mark Twain, and a jigger of Christopher Hitchens thrown in for good, boozy measure."--Rachel Brown, "The Atlantic"
"An impassioned, funny, and timeless celebration of the best things that can be found in a bottle." --"The New Yorker"'s Book Bench
"DeVoto was never less than eloquent, but he toed pure poetry with his description of 6 pm."
--"The Austin Chronicle"
"Bernard DeVoto's book is delightful for the language alone."
--"Kansas City Star"
"DeVoto's wit has aged like a slug of the Finest bonded bourbon."
"With spirit and wit, the book educates us in drinking etiquette and reminds us of the glories of gin, whiskey and the iconic martini. "The Hour" teaches us how to drink like ladies and gentlemen. Read, learn and savor, as you should!" --"Zink" magazine
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