Last Call

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Author: Daniel Okrent

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439171691

Category: History

Page: 480

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A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. From its start, America has been awash in drink. The sailing vessel that brought John Winthrop to the shores of the New World in 1630 carried more beer than water. By the 1820s, liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. That Americans would ever agree to relinquish their booze was as improbable as it was astonishing. Yet we did, and Last Call is Daniel Okrent’s dazzling explanation of why we did it, what life under Prohibition was like, and how such an unprecedented degree of government interference in the private lives of Americans changed the country forever. Writing with both wit and historical acuity, Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces: the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement, which allied itself with the antiliquor campaign; the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities; the anti-German sentiment stoked by World War I; and a variety of other unlikely factors, ranging from the rise of the automobile to the advent of the income tax. Through it all, Americans kept drinking, going to remarkably creative lengths to smuggle, sell, conceal, and convivially (and sometimes fatally) imbibe their favorite intoxicants. Last Call is peopled with vivid characters of an astonishing variety: Susan B. Anthony and Billy Sunday, William Jennings Bryan and bootlegger Sam Bronfman, Pierre S. du Pont and H. L. Mencken, Meyer Lansky and the incredible—if long-forgotten—federal official Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who throughout the twenties was the most powerful woman in the country. (Perhaps most surprising of all is Okrent’s account of Joseph P. Kennedy’s legendary, and long-misunderstood, role in the liquor business.) It’s a book rich with stories from nearly all parts of the country. Okrent’s narrative runs through smoky Manhattan speakeasies, where relations between the sexes were changed forever; California vineyards busily producing “sacramental” wine; New England fishing communities that gave up fishing for the more lucrative rum-running business; and in Washington, the halls of Congress itself, where politicians who had voted for Prohibition drank openly and without apology. Last Call is capacious, meticulous, and thrillingly told. It stands as the most complete history of Prohibition ever written and confirms Daniel Okrent’s rank as a major American writer.
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Last Call

Author: K. L. Cook

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803215405

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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A collection of linked stories spanning three generations of one Texas family follows events that are both tender and tragic, such as a daughter's elopement and a lightning strike that provokes a mother of five to abandon her children. Winner of the Pairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.
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The Last Call

Author: David Wambaugh

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781477262726

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 7881

THE LAST CALL is a compelling and gritty memoir that depicts David’s story from the time he was adopted at six months old, by cop-turned NY TIMES #1 bestselling author, Joseph Wambaugh, and the colorful, but challenging, years growing up the son of a celebrity.David started drinking when he was a very young boy,and slipped into the darkness of addiction and mental illness by the time he was nine. Alcohol was the gas that fueled his countless self-imposed disasters that befell him for the next thirty years. He lived a life of lawlessness and debauchery, a convicted felon from the time he was 23, having been in several high speed car chases, fights, drugs, even accused, and turned in by his own parents, for committing a string of bank robberies. He was in and out of Institutions for the vast majority of his adult life, including drug rehabs, mental hospitals, jails, and ultimately State Prison. David had ability to stay one step ahead of the law, and, being a master manipulator, he was always able to con his way back into the good graces of his parents, with selfish motives. He was able to avoid almost all consequences his whole life, until one day his luck ran out and he got arrested for the last time. As David was sitting in the back of the cop car, He had a strange and powerful experience that was to change the course of his life forever. When he got out of prison, he had to learn to live. He was emotionally retarded, having never grown up, making his grand entrance into life at age 40. The Last Call is a story of tragedy, loss, miracles, and the Power of God.
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Last Call

Author: George Webber

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd

ISBN: 1926855027

Category: Photography

Page: 128

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As North American cities continue to grow and downtown cores evolve into suburban shadows of their former urban selves, the shabbier realities of contemporary life at the city's heart are forced to migrate and disappear as "villages" are torn down, reimagined and redeveloped into upscale properties. With a gentle touch, George Webber takes his camera into the mysterious half-light of these disappearing interior spaces, penetrating them with a thought-provoking humanity and then withdrawing without creating a ripple. This is an area that transcends place, lying between a city's mountain and prairie landscapes, a purgatory of dark and light, hope and despair. Over a five-year period between 2004 and 2009, photographer George Webber hung out in Calgary's East Village. In what he describes as "my little personal battle against time," he touched the feral heart of the place, capturing its gritty, shattered beauty with his camera. Last Call is an unforgettable and astounding collection of colour photographs of Calgary's East Village in all of its lurid glory, along with touching and poignant excerpts from Webber's journals.
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Last Call

Number 35 in Series

Author: Warren Murphy,Richard Sapir

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0751558311

Category: Fiction

Page: 364

View: 655

During a CIA budget war, a group of assassins mistakenly triggers an ingenious CIA plot originally planned in the 1950s - and a long-dormant network of government-sanctioned assassins are unleashed upon the capitals of Europe. A worldwide killing spree of top-level Russian officials begins. Only the Destroyer, with the all-wise Chiun and the ever-wild CIA Agent Rub Gonzalez, can stop them from reaching their primary target - the Soviet Premier. Remo must protect him, and keep the fragile, cold peace intact . . . or else risk a catastrophic world war. Breathlessly action-packed and boasting a winning combination of thrills, humour and mysticism, the Destroyer is one of the bestselling series of all time.
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Last Call

Author: Tim Powers

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575117826

Category: Fiction

Page: 481

View: 5839

Twenty years ago Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player and went into hiding, after a weird high-stakes game played with Tarot cards. But now the cards - and the supernatural powers behind them - have found him again. Crane's father killed gangster Bugsy Siegel in 1948 to become the Fisher King, and to keep that power he is determined to kill his son. Now Scott Crane must cross the Mojave Desert to his father's Perilous Chapel in Las Vegas, and take up the cards again for one last poker duel. And the stakes are the highest he's ever played for ... his soul. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, 1993
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Last Call

Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction & Deliverance

Author: Sarah Gorham,Jeffrey Skinner

Publisher: Sarabande Books

ISBN: 9780964115187

Category: Poetry

Page: 191

View: 4706

Groundbreaking anthology of poetry on substance abuse and recovery.
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Last Call

Author: Morgan Burke

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439120692

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 6539

the party room. On Manhattan's Upper East Side. Everybody's fabulous. No one gets carded. Then someone dies. The Prep School Killer is dead. Finally Kirsten can go on and leave the nightmare of her best friend Sam's murder behind her. Kirsten's at NYU now, but she still slips back to the Party Room on the Upper East Side of Manhattan--where the horror all began. But it's quiet now. Just Kirsten and her old friends and a mojito or three. Then the killer strikes again. And again. The killer wasn't Kyle after all. Someone's looking to settle the tab. Don't be the last one when the bar closes.
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The Last Call

Author: Philip Johnston

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059538952X

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 8187

"Shannon, I don't understand. What do you want me to be?" "See James, that's the point. You're life is not about what everyone else wants you to be. It's about what you want to be, about finding out what makes you happy." The Last Call is the story of James Patrick Cameron, a man in his late twenties who grows unhappy with his dysfunctional life-a life he is desperate to change but feels powerless to do so. James lives and works in the same blue-collar town where he was raised. He hangs out with his two high school friends at the neighborhood bar. He works for his alcoholic father, James Patrick "Booby" Cameron Sr., the owner of a local contracting company, and is terrorized by his father's vice president, Mike Munro, who has a raging drug addiction. James moves aimlessly through life, drinking too much and caring too little. When he meets Shannon O'Rourke, a woman who motivates him to put his life in order, he knows he must make some changes. He starts working out, avoids his nightly appointments at the bar, and becomes more active in his father's business. But an escalating series of unfortunate events culminates in a decision that will change his life forever
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Last Call - Ende gut, alles gut


Author: Alice Clayton

Publisher: Sieben Verlag

ISBN: 3864436648

Category: Fiction

Page: 170

View: 3043

Caroline und Simon scheinen das perfekte Gleichgewicht für ihre Beziehung gefunden zu haben. Während Caroline neben ihren beruflichen Reisen quer durch Kalifornien immer wieder Zeit mit Simon genießt, hat Simon sich ebenfalls hin und wieder eine Auszeit von seinem Job genommen, um bei Caroline sein zu können. Einer Hochzeit scheint nun auch nichts mehr im Weg zu stehen. Doch als Caroline den schlimmsten Anruf ihres Lebens erhält, stellt sie sich die Frage, ob für sie das "bis dass der Tod euch scheidet" realistischer sein wird als für die meisten anderen Paare.
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Last Call

Author: David Lee

Publisher: Wings Press

ISBN: 1609403762


Page: 144

View: 4560

Few poets of Western America fill the “organic intellectual” rôle better than David Lee. His poetry is the real deal when it comes to recording hilariously insightful (and linguistically accurate) observations of rural culture—and America at large—while using a host of astute literary allusions and techniques. Imagine Robert Frost simultaneously channeling Will Rogers and Ezra Pound. Imagine Chaucer with a twang. Last Call is bloody brilliant and wickedly witty. As Sam Hamill says, “If we were a civilized nation, we would declare David Lee a national treasure.”

Last Call

Author: CB Fairchild

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 147975692X

Category: Poetry

Page: 141

View: 4265

I started writing poetry in the mid 70’s. I couldn’t play guitar or sing (the nuns kicked my out of the choir—said I sounded like a bleating goat). So I figured poetry would help with the chicks. But then I found that I liked poetry and putting down my thoughts on paper, it helped me keep my inner demons at bay. So write I did. Then I joined the navy and got married, had children and the writing was put on the shelf. I wasn’t until I divorced and the kids were grown, that I found my inspiration again and started putting pen to paper (well type to computer). As I looked through this conglomeration of poems, I could see a pattern taking shape—the pattern of random purpose. Many of these poems were written for lovers, friends, family but mostly for me. And many years passed from early works in my teens to more recent works that may be less cynical—But whatever the case, whether funny, romantic, political or dark they are all written from the heart and from the experiences of a middle-aged hippie As you read these poems please remember that— “Poets write not from wisdom but from inspiration” CB Fairchild I hope you enjoy my rambling thoughts as much as I enjoyed writing them. PEACE
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Last Call

Memoirs of an NFL Referee

Author: Jerry Markbreit,Alan Steinberg

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1613211821

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 250

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Drawing on his more than thirty years of experience (including a record four Super Bowls) as the NFL's top referee, Jerry Markbreit describes the hard-hitting, fast-paced NFL action from a perspective few others can match. Filled with humorous anecdotes as well as his opinions on controversial subjects and players and coaches, this book is the first comprehensive look at pro football officiating from the official's point of view -- and Markbreit's homage to the sport he has helped define.
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The Last Call to Witness

Author: Rod Ennis-Smith

Publisher: Llumina Press

ISBN: 1605949736


Page: 120

View: 8844

THE LAST CALL TO WITNESS (TLC) proves that finally Jesus by CouponDropDown" id="_GPLITA_0" style="text-decoration: underline;" href="" in_rurl="" in_hdr="">Christ has returned to walk on His global stage exactly as prophesied. This defensible proof cannot be disputed or dismissed. The proof is validated by presenting biblical quotations, names, physical evidence, testimony, and a mode of operation. Christ is here now. Just exactly as He said. “He is at the doors!” Your door. This is shocking. You will cry and cry. Stop, look, listen, and collectively think of why? That time as prophesied is now upon us for all God’s plans to be revealed and Man’s schemes to be exposed. God has commanded us to seek, watch, and remain sober. He, therefore, has challenged us to understand and continuously witness this plan. His story and Man’s history are meant to be personal. Are you cosmic waste? Are you worth saving? Why was it revealed to us like this? If you sent Two Witnesses instead of Weapons Inspectors into Iraq what do you think their destinies would be? Could the medium be the message? Could you follow that narrow path in the Two Witnesses footsteps? Do you have their constitution? If you did follow them, would they know you? Attention to attention. There are things to realize. These questions will now be answered. Please “Come and See.” Witness it.
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The Horseman's Last Call

Author: Bill Gallaher

Publisher: TouchWood Editions

ISBN: 1927129001

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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The Horseman's Last Call presents the closing chapters in the life of Wild Jack Strong. The story opens with Jack content on the ranch he had always dreamed of, with a loving wife and an adopted son. His good friend Jim Spencer and Jim's family live just down the road, so life couldn't be better. However, things take an unwanted turn when war breaks out in Europe and Jack once more feels the need to heed his country's call. But the war changes his life in unexpected ways as he discovers that not only does loyalty sometimes go unrewarded, it can also be one-sided. The Horseman's Last Call is the third and final volume in the Wild Jack Strong trilogy that began with The Frog Lake Massacre followed by The Luck of the Horseman. The series recounts how one man's life is impacted by the great events of Canadian history, from the Riel Rebellion in 1885, through the Anglo-Boer War and the First World War, to the On-to-Ottawa Trek of 1935.
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Last Call for the Living

Author: Peter Farris

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 1429988843

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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For bank teller Charlie Colquitt, it was just another Saturday. For Hobe Hicklin, an ex-con with nothing to lose, it was just another score. For Hobe's drug-addled, sex-crazed girlfriend, it was just more lust, violence, and drugs. But in this gripping narrative, nothing is as it seems. Hicklin's first mistake was double-crossing his partners in the Aryan Brotherhood. His second mistake was taking a hostage. But he and Charlie can only hide out for so long in the mountains of north Georgia before the sins of Hicklin's past catch up to them. Hot on Hicklin's trail are a pair of ruthless Brotherhood soldiers, ready to burn a path of murder and mayhem to get their revenge. GBI Special Agent Sallie Crews and Sheriff Tommy Lang catch the case, themselves no strangers to the evil men are capable of. Soon Crews is making some dangerous connections while for the hard-drinking, despondent Lang, rescuing Charlie Colquitt might be the key to personal salvation. Prodigious talent Peter Farris has written a backwoods fairy tale of fate and flight that is also a dark, modern thriller. Like the bastard child of Stephen Hunter's Dirty White Boys and Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, Last Call for the Living is a smashing debut from a writer whose unique and disturbing vision of the world cannot be ignored. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Last Call

An Epicurean's Journey Through Addiction

Author: John Paul Bordach

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469151324

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 168

View: 2589

With many of his earliest memories centered around the enjoyment of good food and strong drink, John Bordachs successful 30-year career in the hospitality industry was in some ways preordained. Whether waiting tables in high-end establishments, managing one of the first sushi restaurants in the region, or cooking for large crowds, the creation, presentation, and pleasure of a fine meal enhanced with the perfect liquid accompaniment was Bordachs greatest ambition. It was also almost his death. Relating tales both comic and tragic, Bordach takes us through his journey of alcohol addiction with a self-deprecating humor that belies the poignancy of his story. Coming of age during the 1970s in Detroits downriver suburbs, yet deeply influenced by the woods and waters of northern Michigan, Bordach spans a wide-ranging landscape of love, friendship and work colored with the emotional despair and physical destruction of addiction. Both a cautionary tale and a hopeful ode to recovery, Last Call reminds us that addiction can happen to anyone. When the ingredients in an addicts bowl of lifeouter-directed blame, indifference, denial, and guilt combine to create a toxic meal, only new ingredientsinner reflection, faith, and hard work -can provide the nourishment for recovery.
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The Last Call

Author: Charles G. Finney

Publisher: Chick Publications

ISBN: 0758908393

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Biblical revival . . . and how you can have it! Over one hundred years ago, God raised up a mighty man named Charles G. Finney. Because of God's power in his life, Finney's piercing words penetrated to the hearts of God's people. Many Christians were shocked and angered, but many heeded his message. As a result, sleeping churches were awakened and a powerful biblical revival swept over the land. Today, we need this type of revival more than ever. To have it, we must follow the same time-tested methods used by Finney long ago. This enlightening book combines the burning words of Charles Finney with the irresistible cartoon art of Jack Chick to drive home many critical truths that are vital to all who long to experience true revival in their Christian life.
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Last Call

Author: Allyson K Abbott

Publisher: Kensington

ISBN: 1496701755

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 302

Bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton and her barstool detectives love to puzzle through cold cases. But when one of their own disappears, danger is on tap . . . Fresh off solving a murder that hit too close to home, Mack’s trust is shattered. But when Milwaukee police detective Duncan Albright asks for her help with a shooting, she can’t resist using her extra-perceptive senses to benefit others. It turns out the victim was the ruthless businessman their friend Mal was investigating undercover. And now Mal is missing—and his fingerprints are on the gun. Was his cover blown, forcing him into hiding? Or could he be a straight-up killer on the run? Mack doesn’t know what to believe anymore—except her own gut, which leads her to secret rooms, shocking revelations . . . and the fear that this could be her final round. “The first book in the Mack’s Bar Mystery series is a hit!” —RT Book Reviews on Murder on the Rocks “Murder with a Twist has a lot of sleuthing pleasure packed into its pages.” —Fresh Fiction
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The Last Call

Author: Jeannie Leber

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1604778431

Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 1925

Leber shares the divine visions she has experienced, which she credits as being the reasons she did not commit suicide. (Christian)
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