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Bottoms-Up History

A Renegade History of the United States: From the Founding Fathers to the Present Day

By

Simon & Schuster 382pp £20 order from our bookshop

Thaddeus Russell is the Texas Guinan of American history. Although unaccountably absent from these pages, Guinan was a chorus girl, silent-film star and saloon keeper who found fame and fortune defying the law during Prohibition, when she greeted the patrons at the 300 Club, the speakeasy she ran on the west side of Manhattan, with her catch-phrase, ‘Hello, suckers!’ The sense of being taken for a ride, and being expected to like it, is one that Russell’s readers have ample grounds to share.

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