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Last Call

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Daniel Okrent | Last Call by Daniel Okrent

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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