The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots
Chicago Review Press, Hardcover, 9781613748480, 282pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Gentlemen Bootleggers "tells a never-before-told tale of ingenuity, bootstrapping, and perseverance in one small town, showcasing a group of immigrants and first-generation Americans who embraced the ideals of self-reliance, dynamism, and democratic justice. It relies on previously classified Prohibition Bureau investigation files, federal court case files, extensive newspaper archive research, and a recently disclosed interview with kingpin Joe Irlbeck. Unlike other Prohibition-era tales of big-city gangsters, it provides an important reminder that bootlegging wasn t only about glory and riches, but could be in the service of a higher goal: producing the best whiskey money could buy.