http://sabotagetimes.com/tv-film/the-real-great-gatsby-snake-oils-and-silver-toilet-seats This article is about the inspiration set behind The Great Gatsby. The man to take the recognition is a bootlegger with the name of Max Gerlach. Max was one of Fitzgerald's prime suppliers of liquor in the 1920's, and was an ex WW1 officer who turned bootlegger and loved the parties. He was also a yachtsman. Biographers have finally unraveled the mystery behind The Great Gatsby.