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Love, murder, political intrigue, mountains of cash, and rivers of bourbon . . . The tale of George Remus is a grand spectacle and a lens into the dark heart of Prohibition. Yes, Congress gave teeth to Prohibition in October 1919, but the law didn't stop George Remus from amassing a fortune that would be worth billions of dollars today. As one Jazz Age journalist put it, "Remus was to bootlegging what Rockefeller was to oil."

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Bob Batchelor

Bob Batchelor, a noted cultural historian and biographer, has published widely on American culture and literature. Among his 29 books are John Updike: A Critical Biography, Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, and Mad Men: A Cultural History. His next book is a biography, Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel (Rowman & Littlefield, September 2017) .

Batchelor edits several book series for Rowman & Littlefield, including "Contemporary American Literature," "Great Writers/Great Books," "100 Greatest..." and "Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture." He was the founding editor of The Popular Culture Studies Journal and is a member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Popular Culture.

Batchelor spent a decade working in corporate communications for a number of large companies, including Ernst & Young, FleishmanHillard, and Bank of America, as well as The History Factory, where he served as Senior Historian. He is an internal communications specialist, focusing on executive communications and technology. Bob served as Senior Writer on the 2001 PRSA Silver Anvil winning team in B2B Marketing for Documentum (now part of EMC) .

Batchelor graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in history, philosophy and political science. His doctorate is in English Literature from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Phillip Sipiora. Please visit Bob on the Web: www.bobbatchelor.com

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