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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.
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