Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Emory Buckner believed annual sales of bootleg liquor had reached $3.6 billion nationally by 1925.
By way of comparison, that was almost precisely the same as the entire federal budget that year—army, navy, and every other government function included.
Definitely big business. Is it any wonder that comedians would joke, “Remember before Prohibition? When you couldn’t buy a drink on Sunday.”