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  • Hardcover
  • 258 pages
  • Drinking in America
  • Susan Cheever
  • English
  • 13 June 2016
  • 9781455513871

10 thoughts on “Drinking in America

  1. Andrew Andrew says:

    There are a lot of interesting theories here but they're mostly conjecture and extrapolated from very little real evidence It's also sloppily written freuently repeating the same phrases or bits of information breaking chronology in confusing ways and burying important information in service of Cheever's theories which are fairly clearly founded in her adherence to Alcoholics Anonymous I really wanted to enjoy this but I found it very difficult and I really can't recommend it


  2. Richard McMahon Richard McMahon says:

    This is a good book entertaining and well written But I’m sure Susan Cheever would agree that as a historian her first duty is to the facts A factual error even if minor and not related to the central premise creates a red flag and is apt to make the reader view the rest of the work with suspicion Unfortunately Ms Cheever makes severalEarly in the book in referring to Benedict Arnold’s treason she writes that it occurred “a few years after Ticonderoga after the surrender at Yorktown” Actually it happened in September 1780 than a year before Yorktown Later she gives credit to Ethan Allen for transporting the cannon captured at Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in time for the Battle of Bunker Hill It was Henry Knox Washington’s chief of artillery who did so in December 1775 Ethan Allen had been captured by the British almost 3 months earlier and remained a prisoner until 1778Two small knit picks the author claims that George Washington “favored imported port” while most historians give that distinction to Madeira and she reports that he spent his final years on his estates “sitting on the veranda drinking with friends while looking out over the city that had already been named after him” It’s a nice thought but Mount Vernon is 18 miles from Washington D C That distance plus a long bend in the Potomac River make it impossible


  3. Bandit Bandit says:

    I love thematic histories There is just something really awesome about having a cohesive thread connecting the individual storieseras etc This is my second thematic history of US and the first good one the other one connected through guns which is arguably just as American Or not At least not according to this book which makes drinking seem American than guns baseball and peanut butter together Cheever who has an impressive pedigree as both writer and drinker starts with the pilgrims too drunk to land in a proper place and continues onto the modern times ending around Nixon's presidency She posits at least twice in the book that histories are written with a certain bias and ones that attempt objectivity don't work as well and sure enough this is a biased history but a very interesting and compelling one at that In this exhaustively researched with monumental bibliography lost to prove it book she demonstrates just how much the nation's history has been affected through its movers and shakers' passionate and torrid love affair with alcohol Fascinating read definitely thought provoking not to mention uite educational Cheever's personality comes across throughout the pages as intelligent highly opinionated and definitely comfortable about plumbing her own life and that of her also alcoholic also writer father And sure enough she's also authored a book about cheating sexual desire and addiction where she uses herself as an example as well Well then one draws from experience it's an essential ingredient to subjective ie superior histories Anywaypoint is books in theory should broaden our understanding of the world and after reading this one you won't view US history the same way again and as such it's a success And a good read to boot Thanks Netgalley


  4. Cathie Cathie says:

    This was about alcoholics than about America's secret history about drinking in America Of course the only chapter I appreciated was The Writer's Vice


  5. Karla Karla says:

    Cheever definitely has a bias and a narrow focus based on her family and personal history and her upfrontedness about it helps the reader keep things in perspective There were moments where I thought Well you could look at it this wayOR another way but Cheever's slant that nearly everything momentous in American history was done through the bottom of a glass got a bit wearisome after awhile One could also surmise that a lot of things were done in a certain way because the actors involved were constipated from a meatbreadcheese diet and therefore not thinking calmly with a clean colon Thinking outside the box hereSo it was definitely a subjective history and I agree with Cheever that there is no such thing as objective history and the ability to be 100% objective is in itself subjective Historical events and people don't act in a vacuum and it's impossible to present it as suchShe was very convincing in her presentation however The Pilgrims made landing far north than planned because they were running out of beer The harsh climate they found themselves in no doubt had an effect on the settlement character and any actions they made with rippling repercussions through American historyReading about authors tends to bore me but Cheever naturally focuses on it because it's of personal interest However I did find it interesting that the author profession was pretty dry in the 19th century aside from Poe and then it ramped up to liver crushing proportions after Prohibition and through the post WWII years Oddly enough Cheever doesn't really tie in the undeniable psychological damage from the Great War with the hedonistic embrace of alcohol She seems to make America be the exception to the rest of the planet when it comes to booze but one could argue that Weimar Germany had just as many problems with substance abuse in the same time period But Cheever's thesis is that it's a uniuely American disease and phenomenon and so she doesn't stray outside the borders for any meaningful compare and contrastI don't know if her assertions are anything you can take to the bank but for a leisurely cultural history with some anecdotes and facts it was agreeable enough and short enough so that it didn't overstay its welcome too much


  6. Lynn Lynn says:

    This book is just awful The author is relentless in attributing alcohol to every part of our history Apparently our forefathers were a bunch of inebriated sots The way she describes the American Revolution and the influence of alcohol on it it's a wonder that we aren't still singing G d Save the ueen I gave this book 3 chapters and gave up She has a clear agenda and it colors her POV It would also be nice if she could put a coherent sentence together Some of her sentences are just a jumbled mess I think I'll get my history from real historians from now on


  7. Nick Guzan Nick Guzan says:

    Interesting and concise history of America's boozy past filled with fascinating stories and anecdotes that propel this brisk book along from the Mayflower landing to today Who knew the US was at its most drunken during the colonial era and the Revolution? Susan Cheever explores the fascinating mindset of these oldest of American imbibers who saw alcohol as a gift from god but believed drunkenness to be submitting to the devil Each small town started with a saloon and ended with a schoolhouse Cheever notes in a chapter of American expansion across the west echoing the story of the country's own formationCheever also interestingly connects her own famous literary family's alcoholism to American dynasties like the Adamses lending a valuable personal connection to the material In fact it is the chapter on the Adams family that simultaneously and with miraculous success provides history lessons while also providing the informative context of the effects of alcoholism in a familyI liked the tone as part social commentary and part history book with an eye toward debunking myths or at least recasting them through the boozy lens of truth Recommended especially for fans of the uirkier bits of US history who are looking for a uick read


  8. Susan Susan says:

    Given my background as an addictions counselor and child of an alcoholic family this book resonated with me deeplyWhen you think about it how could alcohol NOT be a part of US history and have an impact on key decisions and events over time It is simply not possibleAlcohol is everywhere in our society and always has been and to think that our leaders at any given momenthave not been affected by it in someway is pure lunacy This book truly made me think deeply again about the true nature of addiction and its impact on US society and the world


  9. Margaret Sankey Margaret Sankey says:

    I was expecting a transcendent history like Last Call but this is popular scandal nothing new here about taverns in the Revolution Johnny Appleseed and cider alcoholism in the Adams family just an assembly of stories without the so what I especially wanted some analysis of the Mad Men Era of multi martini lunches as business status but got anecdotes about Joe McCarthy as a mean drunk


  10. Chris Chris says:

    It was certainly engaging but the evidence to support her theories were dubious Also I found a number of fact errors Ulysses S Grant was not 5 foot 2 sprinkled throughout which further eroded my trust in her


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