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The overall design of the book is nothing special, but the number of images is a great strength. From a beer advertisement featuring a toddler (p. 28) to a full-page photograph of labor union members marching with “We Want Beer” signs and miniature flags (p. 107), the pictures alone tell a compelling story. A pair of photographs on page 68 comparing prohibition agents Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith in and out of costume had me giggling for several minutes.
Blumenthal makes a point of mentioning in her bibliography and source notes that there is great wealth of primary sources on prohibition available to anyone willing to dive in. She describes her trips to university libraries with entire sections on temperance and prohibition. In addition to library research, she also contacted famous people born just before 1920 to request interviews. Jean Craighead George (p. 75) and John Paul Stevens (p. 126) were two of the people who responded. Source Notes are organized by chapter, and while a little guesswork is needed to pair sources with quotes, I still found them to be helpful. Also included in the back is a useful Prohibition and Temperance Glossary. It’s worth browsing for the definition of “ombibulous’” alone.
The lessons learned during Prohibition (the problems with single-issue politics, the need for compromise, the consequences of changing the Constitution) are pertinent in today’s political climate and ripe for discussion.Ken Burns’ 3-part Prohibition documentary would pair nicely with this book for a discussion. In his Sept. 28 interview with Stephen Colbert, the reasons for Prohibition, the problems with the Volstead Act, and the era he describes fits snugly with what Blumenthal described. Historian David Okrent, author of recent adult title Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, figures prominently in Burns’ series. These two books may pair well for a teen-adult book discussion.
In the market for a new or used car that is fuel efficient? Want to know how efficient your current vehicle is? The 2012 Fuel Economy Guide can help. Produced jointly by the EPA and the Department of Energy, this Guide will help you choose the most fuel efficient vehicle for your needs. The Guide can be viewed, searched and downloaded www.fueleconomy .gov and has been updated to include data for new and used vehicles dating back to 1984.
Are you looking for ways to save money on your heating bill this winter? There are tips and resources that can help you save energy and prepare your home for the cold weather.
Energy Impact Illinois has tips for homeowners to prepare for winter and keep their energy bills from skyrocketing.
Seven Ways to Winterize Your Home from the Better Business Bureau.
Keep Warm Illinois has tips and resources on how to battle winter as well as information on warming centers in Illinois.
Christian Science Monitor’s 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2011
New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2011
New York Times’ 100 Notable books of 2011
Publishers Weekly’s Best Books 2011 Nonfiction
NPR’s Best Books of 2011
Booklist’s Top 10 Biographies
Booklist’s Top 10 Business Books
Booklist’s Top 10 Food Books
Financial Times Nonfiction 2011
Library Journal’s Top Ten Books of 2011
Publishers Weekly’s Best Poetry 2011
Slate’s Best Books of 2011
Time’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books
What were your favorite nonfiction reads of 2011?