Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Rum Summer Reading Program

As I mentioned last week, there is a literary side to my rum fascination. More precisely, Rum made in the USA. So I posted my first book I am reading and wanted to let you know where I am going from there and solicit comments from you for your opinions of these and any other Run-related books on the subject.
Let's look at what I have ahead of me now after Sugar Changed the World. 

My next tome is Rum: The Epic Story of the Drink that Conquered the World [Charles A Coulombe -
Citadel Press]. How can I pass that one by!?! The flyleaf and commentary about the book leads me to feel this could be very interesting and will help cement Rum into the history of the United States.

"The very mention of the word rum summ0ns romantic visions of high spirits, adventure and skullduggery. Pirates roamed the seven seas. Americans jitterbugged to "Rum and Coca-Cola" in the forties. Modern Manhattanites down the latest Bacardi cocktails in the cities trendiest bars. ..." [From cover notes]

The Third, currently the last, we have Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Boarder Wars [Daniel Francis - Douglas & McIntyre]. That looks like it should be chocked full of information and stories I might be able to relate back to you.

"Canadians have long associated Prohibition with the colorful history of the Jazz Age in the United States. But even before the American ban that was in place from 1920 to 1933, Canada initiated its own Prohibition. The so-called Cold Water Army was led by zealots and prudes preaching hellfire and damnation, but also by committed social reformers who recognized the ill effects of excessive drinking. In March 1918, the federal government banned the manufacture and importation of liquor. For the next 21 months, Canada was as dry as any law could make it, which admittedly was not very dry. Closing Time tells the story of this fascinating attempt to control the social habits of Canadian citizens. It began as a popular crusade to cleanse society of a widespread evil, but instead became an opportunity for larceny, profit, and violence on a grand scale.

Employing a variety of anecdotes and illustrations, Closing Time conjures the legal and historical context of Prohibition, presenting well-rendered figures and impressive research. Comparing the past with our present-day prohibition of certain recreational drugs, Francis explores the limits of laws that forbid these indulgences — a topic that is quite relevant today." [Amazon description]

Coming later will be new and info from around the Business and more!! I have been watching emails and tweets as well as having a few conversations -- Don't miss a blog!

For now

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