Darcy Richardson has done it again. This time he takes us backstage for a look at the Prohibition Party in its heyday—when crowds of 10,000 people would attend rallies for their presidential candidates. This short book revolves around the 1932 election, just before the 21st Amendment was passed. Darcy details how the Prohibitionists actually had a couple of candidates officially nominated; the final one who hit the campaign trail was, in the author’s words, someone who “looked like he needed a drink.” Please dismiss from your minds all the silly talk about “negative campaigns” in recent years because “A Toast to Glory: The Prohibition Party Flirts With Greatness” shows you how low political harangues can go—and how much fun electioneering used to be when parties offered candidates who got in the arena bare-fisted.
Darcy Richardson’s next book will be a comprehensive history of the Libertarian Party, in time for its 40th anniversary, and is due out in late December. He is still writing his multi-volume history of third parties, “Others,” four of which have been published to date.