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Some Kind of Paradise: A Chronicle of Man and the Land in Florida

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"The history of Florida is the story of North America in miniature. By telling it with such eloquence and learning in ‘Some Kind of Paradise,’ Mr. Derr has revealed the dark side of the historian Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous hypothesis: our national character was indeed shaped by the frontier. . . . [Derr] writes with a journalist’s eye for telling details and an anti...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 30th 1998 by University Press of Florida (first published September 1989)
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I am a Floridian. Some Kind of Paradise, by Mark Derr, almost makes me happy about that. But it also makes me far too sad to really claim any joy.

I have not always claimed to be a Floridian. When I went to college and introduced myself, I disclaimed any attachment to the state where I'd spent over half my life. Instead I said I merely lived there, but was really from someplace else. I had at that point no intention of returning.

That I'd spent half my life in the state and still couldn't call it...more
Mark Derr writes broadly, sweepingly, and adeptly in this book, which reads like a collection of essays all unified by their theme of Floridian culture. This is not your typical book on Florida history, nor does it follow any real timeline, but what it provides is a very nuanced, expertly written, and entertaining view of the crazy cast of characters and odd events that have made Florida what it is today. I go back to this book often, alongside Gloria Jahoda, Archie Carr, and David Warner's writ...more
A history of Florida. Flagler's railroad,work camps, land acquistion, real estate development, the near decimation of the bird population, the Cross Florida Barge Canal, turning swamps into subdivision, Crackers, Conchs, and so much more.
Jul 19, 2009 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Florida history
The most complete book on early Florida I have found. Anyone who thinks they know Florida (and about Florida) should read it.
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