One Eye Closed, the Other Red: The California Bootlegging Years

Walker, Clifford James

Published by Back Door Publishing, 1999
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Dust jacket and board spine ends minimally bumped. Inscribed by author on front free endpaper. Very clean, tightly bound volume. This book "tells the story of California bootlegging, rumrunning and moonshining.the Roaring 20's in California." 607 pages with detailed index. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: For 22 years Walker has been interviewing bootleggers, rumrunners and smugglers, as well as constables and border patrolmen. He has buried himself in national and local archives, read court cases and newspaper accounts of that fabulous Roaring 20s in California. He allows these people to tell their own stories in 624 pages of a beautilully bound book, with a glossary, six appendixes, endnotes, index and huge bibliography. The book benefitted from several local authors and historians who have added their specialities.

Some features in the 30 chapters are moonshiners' recipes, drunk animals, robbin' hoods who stole from the alcohol rich to sell to the alcohol poor, prostitutes who enhanced their income by bootlegging, dry (prohibition) humor, rum war at sea--a war the Coast Guard lost, a border war, and airplane use for smuggling.

Although the author tried to cover the whole state--an impossible job--the following counties have many stories: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Marin, Solano, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Inyo, San Bernardino, Plumas and Riverside. Over 2,000 names, many with addresses, make this a must for looking up California ancestors. Here are their stories, stories filled with humor, pathos, exaggeration and above all: human.

About the Author: Clifford James Walker is a California historian specializing in Mojave Desert area and prohibitiion era. He thinks history should not just be about wars, kings and presidents, but about common folk, his uncle, grandfather and even his mother and thousands of little guys who reacted to prohibition laws by buying, selling, making, enforcing, or looking the other way.

Walker and his wife Barbara helped start the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow, which has grown to 430 family members (about 1300 people). The Conferance of California Historical Societies honored him in 1995 with the Individual Award of Merit. His book "Back Door to California: The Story of the Mojave River Trail" sold 3,300 copies and will be reprinted in 2000. He has given talks all over Southern California, and in Nevada and Utah.

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Title: One Eye Closed, the Other Red: The ...
Publisher: Back Door Publishing
Publication Date: 1999
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