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

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  15 Ratings  ·  6 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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Robin Tierney
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
First edition was published 1989, but for a history of FL up to the 90s, this is a must-read book.

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

Mark Derr (first edition 1989)

Henry Flagler opened east coast to rail travel, resort hotels pb and miami. opened FL’s biggest modern industries tourism and citriculture.

palm trees and alligators
Backwoods Eden.

The peninsula

RR
blatant disregard for the landscape
Indians extirpated, Negro help exploited

Miami Royal Palms,
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Matthew
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Bill O'driscoll
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actually first started this book five years ago, after buying it on a vacation trip to Fla, half of it spent in or around the Everglades. never finished it, then picked it up again after this year's trip to Fla. It's a fine, if idiosyncratic take on human impact on the land, especially post-Columbian, and even more especially post Civil War, when towns and road and finally (in the early 20th century) railroads came to Florida. It's the usual story, with a subtropical twist: native genocide, zero ...more
Mike
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Kathy
May 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Ed
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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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