Rum-Runners and Renegades

Rum-runners and Renegades

Whisky Wars of the Pacific Northwest, 1917-2012

By (author): Rich Mole
ISBN 9781927527252
Softcover | Publication Date: April 15, 2013
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
144 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

On October 1, 1917, prohibition came into effect in the province of British Columbia. Washington and Oregon had gone dry the previous year. The ban on liquor sales led to deadly conflict and legal chaos in the Pacific Northwest, and the legacy of those “booze battles” continues into the 21st century.

Rich Mole introduced readers to West Coast prohibition’s pioneer years in Scoundrels and Saloons: Whisky Wars of the Pacific Northwest, 1840–1917. In Rum-runners and Renegades, he recounts the wild and wacky—and sometimes tragic—results of later prohibition laws through the exploits of both prohibitionists and prohibition-busters, among them Jonathan Rogers, a wealthy Vancouver builder and prohibition leader; the Billingsley brothers, a quartet of handsome bootleggers from Seattle; and enterprising Johnny Schnarr, Victoria’s number-one rum-runner. From vicious marine hijackers and bedeviled police to corrupt politicians and frustrated drinkers on both sides of the border, this is an action-filled account of liquor and lawlessness on the West Coast.

About the Author(s)

Rich Mole is a former broadcaster, communications consultant and president of a Vancouver Island advertising agency. Fuelled by a lifelong fascination with history, he writes extensively about the events and people of Canada's past.


“This is a companion volume to Mole’s Scoundrels and Saloons: Whisky Wars of the Pacific Northwest, 1840-1917, which was published last fall. Together, the two books shine a new light on attitudes to alcohol consumption through almost two centuries of British Columbia’s history.” —Dave Obee, Times Colonist
"This entertaining and informative book in the Amazing Stories series is a rollicking look at the days of prohibition on the Pacific Northwest Coast." —BC Books for BC Schools