A stunning book,
This review is from: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Audio CD)
This is beautifully written, page-turning history. The most enthralling bits of the book are the politics of prohibition: how something so improbable became possible and how it was then repealed against all the odds. The anti-drink forces reasoned that if they could get a constitutional amendment on prohibition through before the electoral reapportionment due in 1920, it would be almost impossible to repeal. In the cold light of the Great Depression, the impossible happened very fast. The author focuses more on this than on the how gangsters fought with one another to get rich from the ban on drnk.
Okrent never draws a parallel with the war on drugs but it is almost impossible not to draw parallels of your own from every chapter.
This is history written so well that you may, like me, stay up reading it until the early hours and feel sorry when you have finished it.