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eBook Up for Grabs: A Trip Through Time and Space in the Sunshine State (Florida Sand Dollar Books) ePub

by John Rothchild

  • ISBN: 0813018293
  • Category: Americas
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: John Rothchild
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (December 25, 2000)
  • Pages: 240
  • ePub book: 1584 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1426 kb
  • Other: txt mbr doc lit
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 961

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Rothchild’s scenario deliciously underscores the bizarre quality of Florida. - Publishers Weekly "A story of rapacity and gall told with bemused admiration for the waves of visionaries and scamps who have left their mark on the Sunshine State.

This is the book I wanted to read when I started Wolfe’s novel.

As a starting point, and because when it comes to Miami, truth is better than fiction, I would recommend John Rothchild’s Up For Grabs, a personal memoir as much as a rollicking trip through South Florida’s outrageous history. This is the book I wanted to read when I started Wolfe’s novel. I would also recommend, for a more flatly historical perspective, a double shot of Michael Grunwald’s The Swamp and Arva Moore Parks’s Miami: The Magic City. Both books cover the geological and human histories that make South Florida and Miami unique. Neither one dwells on its inhabitants’ declivities.

He lives in Miami Beach, Florida. The author describes his experiences living in and visiting Florida, and discusses organized crime, land development, drug trade, animals, land booms, and the history of Florida.

John W. Shoemaker This is like a time machine. and explains our world at that time so very well.

Signed, "Born & Raised in Florida". John W. com I enjoyed this book very, very much. and never really leaves. He grew up on the west coast of Florida, Redington Beach (about five miles from where I live on Indian Rocks Beach).

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In Florida, both versions are true. a society fabricated from a state of mind and erected on land that was "ninety percent underwater ninety percent of the time

A Trip Through Time and Space in the Sunshine State. In Florida, both versions are true. Settled through the chicanery of a few enterprising brokers and real estate wizards, Rothchild’s Florida is a civilization built from scratch, out of the most unusual ingredients. a society fabricated from a state of mind and erected on land that was "ninety percent underwater ninety percent of the time.

Rothchild is the author of Up for Grabs: A Trip Through Time and Space in the Sunshine State. Belleville is the author of River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River. Text People Graphical Timeline. All Speakers Bill Belleville John Rothchild. This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning. People in this video. Bill Belleville Author. John Rothchild Author. Hosting Organization. Miami Book Fair InternationalMiami Book Fair International. Book TV. Book Fairs and Festivals.

"Grand reading. Rothchild’s scenario deliciously underscores the bizarre quality of Florida."--Publishers Weekly

"A story of rapacity and gall told with bemused admiration for the waves of visionaries and scamps who have left their mark on the Sunshine State . . . a tale of the wild, wild South in which motives, loyalties, and identities are lost in a tangle of crime and counterinsurgency."--Time

A wandering Floridian who made his way home in the early 1970s, John Rothchild writes about the state with the savvy of a native and the perspective of an outsider. His personal and historical travelogue reads alternately like a litany of 20th-century ills and a Monty Python rendering of the Great American Dream. In Florida, both versions are true.

Settled through the chicanery of a few enterprising brokers and real estate wizards, Rothchild’s Florida is a civilization built from scratch, out of the most unusual ingredients. While much of the state seems younger than many of its inhabitants, he observes, it hosts all the modern demographic, economic, and social problems. Still, those ills don’t dispel the magic of its sunshine, beaches, and exotic fauna or undermine its status as a great American myth.

Told within the framework of Rothchild’s travels from Miami to the Everglades, around the state and back again, Up for Grabs is part history, part travelogue, part journalism, part autobiography--a humorous and appreciative tour of a society fabricated from a state of mind and erected on land that was "ninety percent underwater ninety percent of the time."

John Rothchild , a former editor of Washington Monthly, columnist for Time and Fortune, and contributor to Esquire, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine, is author or coauthor of nine books, including A Fool and His Money and Voice of the River, the autobiography of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. He lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

Comments

Yndanol Yndanol
I loved this book in the 1990's, read it, again, after ordering this copy from amazon, loved it, even better. Signed, "Born & Raised in Florida".
Aedem Aedem
I was born and raised in South Florida, which makes me one of the rare breeds mentioned in this book. Maybe my own weirdness is incompatible with the author's, but I think this book missed the mark. I imagine he told his wife something like, "Hey, what if I wrote a Florida history book like Hunter S. Thompson might have written? That'd be aweshum!". Unfortunately, his personal stories are not interesting, and the history is better covered in different books.

I paid a penny for this book, so I can only complain about being out the shipping charge. This is going in the next garage sale, but will probably end up at Goodwill.
Topmen Topmen
Not nearly informative as I had hoped. Will have to go elsewhere...
Uafrmaine Uafrmaine
Let me tell you...I enjoyed this book very, very much. The writer is a newspaper reporter sent from Washington DC to cover the Republican National Convention in Miami...and never really leaves. He grew up on the west coast of Florida, Redington Beach (about five miles from where I live on Indian Rocks Beach). He left and never wanted to return...but like Michael Corleone in one of the Godfather movies..."Everytime I try to get out...they pull me back in".

Interesting for several reasons.

1) Time and place...1971 or so...Miami Beach..All that was going on in Florida at the time..I lived it...and he described it well. He was staying at a mansion/flop house that was open to all comers...and he describes them well. The ne'r do wells...the weirdos...the drug sellers pretending to be something else. Very apt descriptions...it was like going back in a time machine for me.

2) He consistently describes the lure and the habits that are part of Florida life. Reading the first chapter "Renetry" will let all of you who don't understand the laid back life of Florida why and how it is...and for us who grew up here....it explains well that we are not lazy or stupid...but have our own internal drives and clocks. Very well done.

3) Good history of Florida land development....Among other things, I am part developer and really appreciate the stories behind the promotions and building and selling of the Florida dream. Great highlights for those who are interested but don't want to take the time to read a lot...kind of a highlights real. Very funny to me. And those guys were great promoters...and very clever.

4) He tires of the Miami lifestyle and moves with his girlfriend he met at the mansion...with their kids..to Everglades City to get away from it all. Isn't at all like he expected. Plus he had a cushion..his wife/girlfriend was a trust fund baby.

Big pluses...he finds ways to create exactly accurate and pithy phrases and descriptions that are a true delight to read. Condensing whole issues or books into a single line or two. Does it very, very well.

Thanks for this great book! John
Steel balls Steel balls
John knows and shares inside stories of Florida. You will enjoy this book. Buy it!