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Author Drye, Willie.

Title For sale--American paradise : how our nation was sold an impossible dream in Florida / Willie Drye.

Publication Info. Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    333.33 DRY    Available
Description 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Summary "The story of how Florida became entwined with Americans' 20th-century hopes, dreams and expectations, and how it was the site of mass delusion, real estate collapses, and catastrophic hurricanes. For Sale--American Paradise focuses on the experiences of William Jennings Bryan and Edwin Menninger, who were among the people who shaped the image of Florida that we know today and who sold that image as America's paradise. It's also a tale of the euphoria and mass delusion that inevitably happens when times are good and people convince themselves that they've found a foolproof way to have it all, have it now, and keep it forever"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents An old man's memories -- Railroad to dreamland -- Dreamers and thieves -- Leave your brain at home -- The stars shine brightest in Florida -- The bootlegger's curse -- "Many die; cities razed" -- Spinning the tempest -- Hope from the swamp -- Mr. Brown in paradise -- Blown away -- Dreamland after all.
Subject Real estate development -- Florida -- History -- 20th century.
Real estate investment -- Florida -- History -- 20th century.
Land speculation -- Florida -- History -- 20th century.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
Menninger, Edwin A. (Edwin Arnold), 1896-1995.
Florida -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Florida -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century.
Public opinion -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780762794683 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
0762794682 (hardcover : alkaline paper)

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