Castles in the Sand: The Life and Times of Carl Graham Fisher

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This definitive biography of the famous developer traces the life of a fascinatingentrepreneur. Born in Indiana, Fisher helped build the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and headed promotion for the Indy 500. But these feats were only prologue to his grandest adventure, as primary developer and promoter of Miami Beach. Abundantly illustrated and written in an engaging style, Foster captures the headiness of the Florida land boom in the early 1920s, as well as the bust caused by the 1926 hurricane.

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Overview

This definitive biography of the famous developer traces the life of a fascinatingentrepreneur. Born in Indiana, Fisher helped build the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and headed promotion for the Indy 500. But these feats were only prologue to his grandest adventure, as primary developer and promoter of Miami Beach. Abundantly illustrated and written in an engaging style, Foster captures the headiness of the Florida land boom in the early 1920s, as well as the bust caused by the 1926 hurricane.

"The definitive biography of one of the most energetic, versatile entrepreneurs of the early 20th century. In masterminding the development of the Indianapolis Speedway and Miami Beach, Fisher played a major role in teaching adult Americans how to play."-James Crooks, University of North Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813018096
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    Lack of feeling for main character

    Carl Fisher, according to the author, was a venturist, creative and an exciting individual who made things happen as evidence of his accomplishments becoming world reknown. Fisher's success are overshadowed by absence of feeling for the main character. Scattered among facts, is protrayed a mundane character who is presented in a negative light despite his acheviments leaving the reader an empty, vacant awareness for the man himself. The epilogue reads 'Had he lived into the post-war era, he might well have served as a link to retirement community developers such as Del E. Webb... Fisher's career resembled the life cycle of a comet: rising quickly, shining brightly, then falling swiftly.'

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