Tina Jordan
May 12, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Last Call

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Neve Campbell, Elvis Mitchell, Jeremy Irons, Brianne Murphy, Sissy Spacek, Sue Ellicott, Tad Low, Terry McDonnell
director
Henry Bromell
Producer
Brandon Tartikoff
distributor
Showtime Networks Inc.
author
Henry Bromell
broadcaster
Syndicated
genre
Talk Shows

We gave it an A

Daniel Okrent — who has applied his journalistic curiosity to everything from the building of Rockefeller Center to the Civil War in his previous books — tackles the history of Prohibition, looking at why alcohol ”seeped through the lives” of Americans before finally being outlawed by Congress in 1920. In 1763, the young colonies boasted 159 rum distilleries; by 1820, booze was cheaper than tea. Last Call is a potentially, um, dry story, but Okrent is a born storyteller. In his hands, the prodigiously researched narrative, rife with tales of corruption, adventure, and backstabbing, flies like fiction. A

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