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The legends are colorful and many. Jack Daniel, it is said, ran away to escape a broken home; was a teenage moonshiner during the Civil War; and hauled black-market whiskey, hidden under loads of meat, to the wild river part of Huntsville, Alabama, sneaking into town after midnight to avoid the sheriff and his deputies. This is his story and how he created one of the most The legends are colorful and many. Jack Daniel, it is said, ran away to escape a broken home; was a teenage moonshiner during the Civil War; and hauled black-market whiskey, hidden under loads of meat, to the wild river part of Huntsville, Alabama, sneaking into town after midnight to avoid the sheriff and his deputies. This is his story and how he created one of the most powerful and recognizable brands in the world.


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The legends are colorful and many. Jack Daniel, it is said, ran away to escape a broken home; was a teenage moonshiner during the Civil War; and hauled black-market whiskey, hidden under loads of meat, to the wild river part of Huntsville, Alabama, sneaking into town after midnight to avoid the sheriff and his deputies. This is his story and how he created one of the most The legends are colorful and many. Jack Daniel, it is said, ran away to escape a broken home; was a teenage moonshiner during the Civil War; and hauled black-market whiskey, hidden under loads of meat, to the wild river part of Huntsville, Alabama, sneaking into town after midnight to avoid the sheriff and his deputies. This is his story and how he created one of the most powerful and recognizable brands in the world.

30 review for Blood & Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily D

    A short book about my husband's ancestor, the whiskey legend Jack Daniel. I wanted to get through it. I'm a stubborn reader and rarely bail on books. But Blood & Whiskey's consistent pro-Confederate rhetoric had me feeling ill and bailing after 30 pages. Take this passage: Nathaniel Bedford Forest cut a dashing, romantic figure, with his high cheekbones and chiseled face, mustache and goatee, and hair swept back to expose narrow, intense eyes. Prior to the war, Forrest had been an ambitious slav A short book about my husband's ancestor, the whiskey legend Jack Daniel. I wanted to get through it. I'm a stubborn reader and rarely bail on books. But Blood & Whiskey's consistent pro-Confederate rhetoric had me feeling ill and bailing after 30 pages. Take this passage: Nathaniel Bedford Forest cut a dashing, romantic figure, with his high cheekbones and chiseled face, mustache and goatee, and hair swept back to expose narrow, intense eyes. Prior to the war, Forrest had been an ambitious slave trader...by the late 1850s, he was selling a thousand or more slaves a year, sometimes selling free blacks back into slavery, and earning about $100,000 annually...An imaginative risk-taker who was fearless as he charged into the enemy's ranks, Forrest embodied southern chivalry." It should have been neat to see this slice of history. Eric's ancestors and my ancestors crossing paths in his hometown at the Battle of Chickamauga, where I'll be running a marathon next year. But the thing is our ancestors kind of sucked. And to me, false nostalgia feels worse than nothing. Maybe when I'm older, this story will have more value.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bambi

    After visiting Lynchburg last year, I picked this book up and expected it to be a fascinating read - as it turns out, there is very little actual information about the life of Jack Daniel - a few mentions in local newspapers, whatever information could be gleaned from church records, account books, etc. This is a very dry read and mainly background material to the time that he lived in.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Brown

    Judging by the title, I was expecting an exciting story about Jack, but was really let down. There was not much about him at all. I noticed when I hit page 100, I didn't really learn much about him. However, the historical action that took place during his lifetime - Civil War and Reconstruction were detailed in here and I liked that. Overall though, I was pretty disappointed. Judging by the title, I was expecting an exciting story about Jack, but was really let down. There was not much about him at all. I noticed when I hit page 100, I didn't really learn much about him. However, the historical action that took place during his lifetime - Civil War and Reconstruction were detailed in here and I liked that. Overall though, I was pretty disappointed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    This book was written so poorly written, extremely uninteresting and overall was difficult to get through.

  5. 4 out of 5

    DJMikeG

    Great, exhaustively researched biography of Jack Daniel, the legendary whiskey distiller. Recommended for all history buffs, not just whiskey fans. Great companion piece to Dabney's "Mountain Spirits". Great, exhaustively researched biography of Jack Daniel, the legendary whiskey distiller. Recommended for all history buffs, not just whiskey fans. Great companion piece to Dabney's "Mountain Spirits".

  6. 5 out of 5

    David

    This was okay if a little boring...Turns out that Mr. Daniel did not really have all that interesting a life. Made a darn good whiskey though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Bunch

    If you want to know Jack... this is the book- the tale of Gentleman Jack.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brody

    Great book. Shows you the man behind the product.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Todd Lewis

    Really good read into the man and the brand

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mari Jo

    Very interesting read! This would make a fun roadtrip...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Incredibly insightful look into the history of Jack Daniel, the man.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I almost never put a book down, but this was terrible. Very boring and dry, a disappointment to the JD legacy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey R. Brown

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jason Duffett

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gina

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carola

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert Scrivner

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brett Wooderson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jasper

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

  24. 5 out of 5

    acuriouslibrarian

  25. 4 out of 5

    Humberto Isquerdo

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angela Leech

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  28. 4 out of 5

    Conan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

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