Manny Shwab and the George Dickel Company

Whisky, Power and Politics During Nashville’s Gilded Age

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About the Book

There was once a Tennessee whiskey that dwarfed Jack Daniel’s, and a powerful man behind it: V.E. “Manny” Shwab. Until now, virtually nothing has been written about either. Their story is one of a Jewish Alsatian immigrant’s dream of finding community and prosperity in the New world; of smuggling during the Civil War; of the raging, sometimes fatal, battle against Prohibition; and of the wild side of rapidly growing Nashville during the 19th and early 20th centuries. V. E. “Manny” Shwab was a Tennessean known as the “owner” of Tennessee politics, and—because of his George Dickel company, saloons, and Cascade Whisky—the “debaucherer of more young men than anyone else in the state”. He was also one of Tennesee’s richest and most powerful men for four decades. This is the first full-length biography of V. E. Shwab, written by his great-grandson. It is also the first complete history of the George Dickel company.

About the Author(s)

Clay Shwab taught business management, senior thesis, and management in literature at Maryville College for 10 years after a business career at Whittle Communications, Snyder Communications and Edison Schools. He lives in Maryville, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Clay Shwab
Forewords by Ridley Wills II and Kay Baker Gaston

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9277-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5108-8
Imprint: McFarland