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Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    I usually do not read history books, but T.D. Allman is except

    I usually do not read history books, but T.D. Allman is exceptionally funny. I really enjoyed reading this book. For example, he says Florida
    "attracts the criminally inclined" individuals that have come from some other state to do their "good" deeds in Florida.
    Anyone who gives this book a bad rating never read it, in my opinion.
    He also explains how the Ponce de Leon discovery of the Fountain of Youth is a myth. He was dead by the time the claim was made. Even the Gasparilla festival in Tampa, he calls "the front-runner in historical fakery".
    So if you think you know Florida history, compare with what you know with what he says. He also explains how Disney got to perform one the greatest land grabs in history as his lawyers helped him acquire the Disney property by first claiming it a drainage district. Then to an improvement district both with the title of Reedy Creek. And then how Disney property has no elected officials governing the two claimed cities. The city of Bay Lake, Florida, became The Magic Kingdom and the city of Reedy Creek became Lake Buena Vista. But above all they pay no taxes to the state to support all the infrastructure around the Disney property. Like I said before, anything but 4 stars means someone did not read this book. They only like to write fake evaluations, just like most of the Florida history.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    a bit slanted

    While I will give it 2 stars because of the historical perspective, I will also warn the reader that this book has a very liberal slant. For example, the author portrays every civil war topic as "murder", not "battle". I finally tired of his negativity and stopped reading half way through.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Allman is the Oliverv Stone of Floridology. He imagines a vast r

    Allman is the Oliverv Stone of Floridology. He imagines a vast race-based conspiracy laced in the trappings of boosterism gone wild that ones back to Ponce de Leon.  His is a Florida without shame, hideous to the core. I left finished this strange narrative wondering if this wasn't simply Allman ridding vomiting up his childhood demons from the Tampa  Bay area,which he left for good in the 1960s for Harvard, the New York Times, and now France.  The first half of the book is a readable rehash of  recent histiorriogrphy of Florida's first few centuries, which portray the place as frontier extension of. deep Dixie dipped in a legacy of the Spanish Caribbean.  The last  half betrays a rush to the publisher to meet  a deadline; this part is shallow, episodic, poorly researched, error packed, and often simply bizarre.  But, Inhave to hand to this wily self-promoter--he's brought home the truth that there's no such thing as bad publicity when you're trying to sell a bill of goods.   

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Sounds good

    Sorry i mean 15 dollers

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Interesting

    Having lived in Florida during the winter months, I decided to read about the history and background of the state. I had no idea that there had been such turmoil in its past and that three foreign countries tried to establish themselves here. I also had no idea that several of our presidents were determined to bring it under their rule.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Well told story of Florida

    As a lifelong 58 year resident of Florida I found this book fascinating and intriguing. Having lived in Tampa, Miami Lakes and Bartow Ive seen the immense growth of Florida personally. Ive always been fascinated as this book points out how many people outside the state believe it never freezes here. I would disagree that politics are more corrupt here than anywhere else in the US. I would have liked to see more on the history of the keys. Overall, the best book Ive evrer read on FL. 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    A great book that cuts through the established "American Ex

    A great book that cuts through the established "American Exceptionalism" lens through which history is usually taught. Those with Confederate leanings or believers in the Monroe Doctrine will not enjoy it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 19, 2013

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