Presents an exploration of the history of drinking in the United States, discussing how alcohol has shaped American history and character from the seventeenth century to the present. Cheever chronicles our national love affair with liquor, taking a long, thoughtful look at the way alcohol has changed our nation's history. From the drunkenness of the Pilgrims to Prohibition hijinks, drinking has always been a way to celebrate and a way to grieve and a way to take the edge off. At many pivotal points in our history, alcohol has acted as a catalyst. Discover the volatile ambivalence within our nation's tumultuous affair with alcohol.