Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Despite the title, this is not a social history of alcohol, but rather
a popular history of temperance and prohibition. Typically, popular histories
rely heavily on secondary sources, works not from the time period under study,
but from a later period. Popular histories often bring the insights of scholars
working in specialized fields to a greater public. In the best of such popular
histories, an author culls material from the vast monographic literature to
produce a readable overview.
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