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The Odd Past’s Rating- 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Ok, first let me say that I know that this author is a legend in the Chicago area for his knowledge about the prohibition era. The book was interesting and taught me alot, but I have a major problem with it. It was dry, (pun intended), somehow he took one of the bloodiest and most violent eras in American history and made it read like a textbook. Listen, I am not perfect, I have done this as well with a book of mine. I also take issue with his seeming obsession with degrading other historians who have written about the era, he uses their names and talks about how their research was less than stellar and lacking. Overall, I learned, but it was a dry take laden with statistics.