OXFORD — The Friends of the Oxford Lane Library invite the community to a presentation on the newly released book “The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius” by author Bob Batchelor. Batchelor, a cultural historian and biographer, is the author of over 25 books on American life and culture, including ones on John Updike, Stan Lee, Bob Dylan, “Gatsby” and “Mad Men.”
The Miami University professor will explore the fascinating career of the notorious Cincinnati bootlegger and criminal genius who figured out how to co-opt the aims of the Prohibition era while making an unbelievable fortune. It is the story of intrigue, high society, corruption, violence, even murder that reached deep into both the political and criminal worlds and rocked the media outlets around the globe. How Remus created a bourbon empire that stretched nationwide makes for an in depth and amazing view of the Roaring Twenties, just 100 years ago.
The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at the Oxford Lane Library (441 So Locust) and will be preceded by a very brief annual meeting of the Friends. There will be a book sale and author signing at the conclusion.