Subjects such as Prohobition are covered in detail in the book,
but do not dominate what is a balanced and witty account of North
America's history. Nor are non alcoholic drinks forgotten; The
Tea Act of 1773 gave The East India Company, who held the monopoly
on tea, the right to import tea directly to the US without paying
duty in a British port first. Infact this Act reduced the price
of tea to Americans, but the locally paid duty was seen as an
affront to the patriots whose boarding of three tea ships in December
1773 led toThe Boston Tea Party and the seeds of Independence
Andrew Barr discusses social and responsible drinking. He is sometimes
contraversial, but always informed, and illustrates, through history,
that strict control mechanisms are counter productive . He suggests
that a culture of tolerance coupled with legislation to control
problem areas such as drink driving results in a more balanced
society with less incidence of misuse.
By exploring North America's social religious and political history,
a fascinating insight is gained and a better understanding is
acheived of the complex and multi-racial society that makes up
the USA of today.
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