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Parrotheads, Hemingway aficionados, and sun worshipers view Key West as a tropical paradise, and scores of writers have set tales of mystery and romance on the island. The city’s real story—told by Maureen Ogle in this lively and engaging illustrated account—is as fabulous as fiction. In the two centuries since the city’s pioneer founders battled Indians, pirates, and deadly disease, Key West has stood at the crossroads of American history. In 1861, Union troops seized control of strategically located Key West. In the early 1890s, Key West Cubans helped José Martí launch the Cuban revolution, and a few years later the battleship Maine steamed out of Key West harbor on its last, tragic voyage. At the turn of the century, a technological marvel—the overseas railroad—was built to connect mainland Florida to Key West, and in the 1920s and 1930s, painters, rumrunners, and writers (including Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost) discovered Key West. During World War II, the federal government and the military war machine permanently altered the island’s landscape, and in the second half of the 20th century, bohemians, hippies, gays, and jet-setters began writing a new chapter in Key West’s social history.
|1||"Capitalists Will Always Go Where Capital Is to Be Found"||3|
|2||The Stuff of Which Legends Are Made||25|
|3||Winds of Change, Winds of War||44|
|4||Soldiers and Sympathizers||60|
|5||Cigar Makers and Revolutionaries||81|
|6||"Like No Other Place in Florida"||110|
|7||The Haves, the Have Nots, and the Men of Vision||139|
|8||"A Greenwich Village Nightmare"||161|
|10||The End of the Road||220|
Posted February 23, 2010
I ordered this book after visiting Key West because I wanted to learn more about this area. The book is full of history and is written in an easy-read style. I will take it with me when we go back to Key West.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.