“This is a news story written by a newspaperman about an unusual American who becomes greater by the day. He is an absolutely “unique” character who produced a “unique whiskey” under circumstances unapproved by any other whiskey pioneer–and his successors have continued this distinctive achievement.
“This book tells how this happened, when it happened, why it happened and circumstances under which of these events took place. It’s just a news story–a real fact book. The only imagination used in the book was to dream up a boy’s life until he was about ten years old. From then on, all facts are verified.” -Ben A. Green
Jack Daniel’s Legacy began in an extended conversation with Thomas Gregory Motlow, 89, a nephew and a most intimate confidant of Jack Daniel. From there, scores more were added. Those relied upon for the details contained herein were all of Uncle Jack’s most trusted confidants and family members still living at the time of its original publication (1967).
This 50th Anniversary Edition includes a new Preface and Foreword written by USA Today and New York Times best-selling author, Fawn Weaver. Drawing on more than 2,500 hours of research and more than 10,000 original documents and artifacts, Weaver concludes, ” I came to this story as a skeptic of Jack Daniel. His legacy seemed greatly exaggerated. After nearly a year of research around this country, with much of it happening right here in the small town of Lynchburg, Tennessee, I’ve become a genuine fan.”
Proceeds from the 50th Anniversary edition will go to the Nearest Green Foundation, dedicated to preserving the history of the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States, and the first master distiller for Jack Daniel Distillery.