By Bernard DeVoto
One half party, one half background, elements manifesto, Bernard DeVoto's The Hour is a comic book and unequivocal treatise on how and why we drink--properly.
One half social gathering, one half historical past, elements manifesto, Bernard DeVoto’s The Hour is a comic book and unequivocal treatise on how and why we drink―properly. The Pulitzer Prize and nationwide publication Award–winning writer turns his wise wit at the spirits and attitudes that reason his abdominal to show and his eyes to roll (Warning: this booklet isn't for rum drinkers). DeVoto instructs his readers on how you can drink like gents and sheds new mild at the easy joys of the cocktail hour. Daniel Handler’s creation to this reprint of the Nineteen Fifties vintage offers a funny framework for the fashionable reader.
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