This first book by Armbruster holds a special treat for anyone who has experienced Miami Beach in its heyday-its glitz, hotels, nightclubs, palm trees, sand, and beach atmosphere of the 1950s and early 1960s. The work is a biography (encompassing the development, growth, prime, downfall, and regeneration) of one of America's most famous resort areas. At the turn of the century (1896-1915), the visionary John Collins, together with the developers Carl Fisher and Henry Flagler, dredged a portion of Florida's everglades swampland, imported sand, planted tropical plants and grasses, built roads, incorporated a city, and created an American playground. Then came the Deauville and Flamingo hotels, Collins Avenue, Dixie Highway, casinos, nightclubs, big-name entertainers, the Fontainebleau Hotel, Arthur Godfrey, Jackie Gleason, beauty pageants, and history decade by decade. This book is a delight for young and old. Recommended for travel collections of public libraries.-Ann E. Cohen, Rochester P.L., N.Y.