83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.
Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book. "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record. The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition. His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.
“When You Find Us, We Will Be Gone,” is the title of a new collection of short stories by Christopher Linforth. The title is also an example of the kind of paradox Linforth likes to explore in his writing.
The twelve stories in this slim volume take the reader all over the world, from the American Midwest of the 1950s, and Germany in the 40s, to modern day Japan and Eastern Europe.
Thomas Jefferson was a legend in his own time, and since then hundreds of books and articles have been written about him, so you might not expect to see more, but historian Jon Meacham, who was featured in Ken Burn’s documentary about the Roosevelts, is coming to Virginia to share a whole new view of Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson may have wanted history to see him as a philosopher and an educator. The epitaph on his grave doesn’t even mention the presidency.
For a journalist, there are at times stories that go beyond columns and minutes and have a life that needs hundreds of pages to be told. Journalist Beth Macy of Roanoke found such a story in the Factory Man.