“[Warner] displays the broad sweep of the historian and the analytical eye of the political scientist in this tidy little volume. . . . The story of abstinence is the story of some of the most colourful figures in U.S. history.”
— Globe and Mail
“A fine social history.”
“Exemplary . . . recommended reading for anyone who wants to understand North American culture today — the war on drugs, the increase in teetotalism and a teen virginity movement that is displacing safe-sex programs.”
— National Post
About the Author
Jessica Warner is a research scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and teaches in the graduate faculty of the Department of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason
and The Incendiary: The Misadventures Of John The Painter, First Modern Terrorist, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. She lives in Toronto.