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Bourbon a history of the american spirit dane huckelbridge on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the definitive history of bourbon sacramento bee a southern independent booksellers alliance bestseller a rollicking biography of bourbon whiskey that doubles as a complex and entertaining wall street journal . I love bourbon i love history however i was expecting this to be more about the history of the bourbon making families and the development of the process while those elements were in the book a bit this is more a history of bourbons role in united states history than it is a history of the spirit. Dane huckelbridge has written for the wall street journal tin house the new republic and new delta reviewhe is the author of bourbon a history of the american spirit the united states of beer the true tale of how beer conquered america from bc to budweiser and beyond and a novel castle of water which has been optioned for filma graduate of princeton university he lives in paris. Simply stated bourbon is the american spirit both blessing and bane served neat or on the rocks the author writes to know its story is to know our own huckelbridge covers nearly 400 years of history as he traces the evolution of bourbon in america from its invention to the recent revival of craft bourbon distilling. As dane huckelbridges masterfully crafted history reveals the iconic amber spirit is the american experience distilled aged and sealed in a bottle bourbons essential ingredient corn is indigenous to the americas and had been fermented by its native peoples for centuries