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For Sale American Paradise: How Our Nation Was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida

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Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction in the Southwest The story of how Florida became entwined with Americans twentieth-century hopes, dreams, and expectations is also a tale of mass delusion, real estate collapses, and catastrophic hurricanes. For Sale--American Paradise hones in on the experiences of American icon ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Lyons Press (first published April 1st 2015)
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Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
More skimmed than read. I liked the idea behind this book, but didn't like the pace. Way too much on the Ashley gang and the hurricane.
It was also somewhat poorly edited in that there was the same description of William Jennings Bryan multiple times. Almost as if the chapters were meant to be standalones.
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Dec 26, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
This author writes really well. The early history of Florida is fascinating. I wish that this type of entrepreneurial spirit still existed.
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Interesting early history of beginnings of Florida development. Interesting characters like the Ashley gang, al capone, Wm Jennings Bryan, etc
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Willie Drye has been chasing stories for more than 30 years and has written about everything from urban planning to wedding planning for magazines and newspapers across the US and Canada. His work has been published in the Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, and other regional and national publications.

Drye is a contributing editor for National Geographic News and has written about hurricanes
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