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Paradise For Sale: Florida's Booms And Busts

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Internationally publicized as the happiest place on earth decades before Disney arrived, the Sunshine State experienced a brief and wondrous economic boom in the mid-1920s. Entrepreneurs and real estate developers became overnight millionaires as they created luxury seaside resorts, golfing communities and country clubs. Greats, near greats, the famous, the infamous, movie ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published February 12th 2010 by History Press (SC)
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John Hood
May 29, 2010 John Hood rated it it was amazing
Bound: SunPost Weekly April 2, 2010
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Selling “The Pleasure Paradise of the World”
Chronicling Florida’s First Booms and Busts
John Hood

There is no shortage of good books about what makes the Sunshine State so great. Hell, the SunPost’s very own Seth Bramson has himself written a small library full of them. There’s also a large barrage dedicated to what makes our state not-so-great, from the flimflam artists that first staked claim to this tropical paradise, to
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Sara
Jan 12, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
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A nice concise history of Florida during the boom. So many Florida history books focus on one metropolitan area, this book did a nice job on canvasing the entire state and interrelation the populations and building techniques. It also briefly discusses 1950s Space Coast boom and how it parallels are 2008 housing crisis boom. It was an interesting expansion on the applied anthropological and historical studies of understanding how Florida's shape and development along with it's demise can predict ...more
Pfandollo
Jun 03, 2013 Pfandollo rated it liked it
This book is very specific about the history of FL land speculation in the mid-1920s with a little background and a little follow up to present day (2009). I loved the sections that dealt with my local history - Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Miami, however there are other sections of the book that I skipped and I do not regret it. Some sections read a little drier than others, more like a textbook, whereas others read more conversationally like a blog post. It's a nice short read for a plane ride ...more
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