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Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition #2020

Jews and Booze Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition A provocative study Publishers Weekly A fascinating nuanced social history Kirkus Lively well researched and comprehensive Jonathan D Sarna author of American Judaism Imaginatively conceived fier

  • Title: Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition
  • Author: Marni Davis
  • ISBN: 9780814720288
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition By Marni Davis, A provocative study Publishers Weekly A fascinating, nuanced social history Kirkus Lively, well researched, and comprehensive Jonathan D Sarna, author of American Judaism Imaginatively conceived, fiercely researched, beautifully written Stephen J Whitfield, author In Search of American Jewish Culture Groundbreaking study deftly blends so A provocative study Publishers Weekly A fascinating, nuanced social history Kirkus Lively, well researched, and comprehensive Jonathan D Sarna, author of American Judaism Imaginatively conceived, fiercely researched, beautifully written Stephen J Whitfield, author In Search of American Jewish Culture Groundbreaking study deftly blends social and cultural history Tony Michels, author of A Fire in Their Hearts Engrossing and well written Jewish Book Council Thoughtful, instructive, and often insightful The New York Times Book Review A comprehensive look at a little discussed historical subject Jenny Hendrix, Forward Fascinating, academically sophisticated, and superbly written Tablet Magazine Informative and entertaining Glen C Altschuler, San Francisco Chronicle Touches on a most important topic fascinating work David Geffen, International Jerusalem Post Interesting, anecdotes, facts and figures charming history to make the reader thirsty for another round Evan Rail, Times Literary Supplement An excellent book A complex and sophisticated narrative Journal of American History

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    1. Marni Davis book offers a glimpse into the dynamics of an ethnic group that, for a long time, was not quite white through the lens of the booze trade It s a consuming and interesting history, and it shows clearly that assimilation was a fluid dynamic among Jews in the United States until after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 Over the course of just over 200 pages Davis contextualizes the role of Jews in the booze trades and takes us through their changing and in many respects unchanging relati [...]

    2. An interesting chapter in American Jewish history with which I was unfamiliar Davis explores Jewish involvement in the alcohol trade in nineteenth and early twentieth century America, focusing on how working in this field both helped connect Jews to the larger culture and, at the same time, worked to define a subculture Then, with the rise of the Temperance Movement, American Jews had the experience of being on the losing side of a contentious issue that split the nation How Prohibition influenc [...]

    3. I ve always emphasized the anti German component to prohibition campaigning, but had not considered what Davis outlines a significant anti Semitic strain as well She traces the involvement of Jews in the liquor industry, from post 1848 emigration and the building of a network of breweries, tied saloons and boarding houses, to prohibition, a period in which knowing a rabbi with dispensation for wine became useful and Jewish gangsters like Meyer Lansky openly acted as tough Jews as well as economi [...]

    4. I do hope the irony isn t lost on anyone when I say this is the most DRY book I have ever read on the subject of alcohol Lists and tangents and citations even in the conclusion, I had such high hopes based on the title of the book I knew it could be purchased as academic reading for schools which should have given me pause, but the catchy title convinced me to proceed without caution Well played on that front, Marni Davis I m sorry to say that was the best trick of the book the inside was just l [...]

    5. Very engaging Tells an important story and describes it well I particularly appreciated learning that Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise opposed prohibition on the basis of Church State separation, arguing that prohibition was the brainchild of religious groups wanting to impose their personal faith restrictions on an entire nation.

    6. This is a well researched and very interesting overview of the role of Jewish immigrants, especially in the years after the Civil War, in the liquor business What was really fascinating was he history of Jewish immigration to the south, the growth of a southern Jewish community, commerce and anti semitism.

    7. I purchased this book as part of my research dealing with the history of beverage alcohol consumption in Atlanta I ve since read it multiple times Only a portion of the book deals with Atlanta history, however it focuses on rarely discussed topics within the city s history.A well researched book Yes it s academic in nature, but it also reads well.

    8. Very interesting, well researched book The author does a great job of discussing the many sects of Jewish life in the US I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in Jewish assimilation or prohibition era history.

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