Brad Holden - Seattle Prohibition

Join us on Thursday, May 23 at 7pm for an event with author Brad Holden in conversation with Thomas Kohnstamm on Brad's new book, Seattle Prohibition.

Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly twenty years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry. Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state's biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge. Author Brad Holden tells the spectacular story of Seattle in the time of Prohibition.

Brad Holden is a local historian, collector and self-proclaimed urban archaeologist who searches for historical artifacts at estate sales, flea markets and dusty old attics. He showcases these historical finds on his Instagram page, seattle_artifacts@instagram.com, as well as hosting exhibits at local venues. Brad also volunteers his time at the Edmonds Historical Museum. This is his first published book. 

Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City (American Palate) Cover Image
By Brad Holden, Paul de Barros (Foreword by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467140201
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: History Press - April 22nd, 2019