Drunk History

A view of U.S. history through a whiskey glass reveals the central place of the bar in American life.

Published on: September 18, 2014
Jamie Malanowski is the author of the biography Commander Will Cushing, Daredevil Hero of the Civil War, which will be published by W.W. Norton in October.
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  • FriendlyGoat

    “We may not have the most enlightened policies governing alcohol,….”

    I wonder what those would be——seriously. As it is, we have not only taverns and liquor stores, but liquor departments supporting what seems like most of our drug stores, grocery stores and C-store/gas stations. Where I live, if the stores are selling what they are stocking, then apparently somebody is drinking A LOT. The stocks are pretty amazing in store after store after store. I’m not sure that most of us realize how much the liquor business may be “lubricating” retail outlets that ostensibly exist for other product lines.

    • John Stephens

      Back when I was a cashier at a conveniences store, the owner explained to me that “Beer and cigarettes pay the bills. Gasoline’s just bait.”

      • James Graham

        Back in the day I was told that if it were not for the profits earned on alcohol New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel would operate at a loss.

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