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Subject: Lost Flowers: True Stories of the Moonshine King, Percy Flowers
Date Posted: 10/18/2013 11:35 PM ET
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I discovered this gem of a book this week and adored it. Percy Flowers was a succesful moonshiner in Johnston County, North Carolina for much of the past century. He was considered a Robin Hood figure to many people. Despite dozens of federal and state indictments, he was only convicted once, and only then because he threatened a government informant in open court.

The book is written by his "secret" son as a series of letters to his own two sons. The book tells the story of Percy Flowers, but what it's really about fathers and sons. I highly reccomend this memoir. It would also make a terrific Father's Day gift. As an added bonus, Amazon Prime members are able to borrow the book for free.

Date Posted: 10/19/2013 7:39 AM ET
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The Bootlegger's Other Daughter by Mary Cimarolli

The Second Oldest Profession: An Informal History of Moonshining in America by Jess Carr

here are a couple of other books about moonshine.

Subject: Lost Flowers
Date Posted: 10/19/2013 9:56 AM ET
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Thanks Charles, I will check this out. Also there is a 12 minute film about Percy Flowers available free online. It's called Mr Percy's Run.

Date Posted: 10/19/2013 11:06 AM ET
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I think the guy in the video who is smoking the cigar is Percy's son Percy Sullivan. He is the guy who wrote the book I guess.

Date Posted: 10/20/2013 5:37 AM ET
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Jill -- Thanks for the recommendation -- I've put it on my WL.

Date Posted: 10/20/2013 6:52 PM ET
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He was a friend of my grandparents, I still have a baby gift from him. I need to get the book.