Oh, Florida!

Oh, Florida!

How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

Book - 2016
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Oh, Florida! That name. That combination of sounds. Three simple syllables, and yet packing so many mixed messages. To some people, it's a paradise. To others, it's a punchline. As Oh, Florida! shows, it's both of these--and, more importantly, it's a Petri dish, producing trends that end up influencing the rest of the country. Without Florida there would be no NASCAR, no Bettie Page pinups, no Glenn Beck radio rants, no USA Today, no "Stand Your Ground," ... you get the idea. To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils--alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies. Craig Pittman's Oh, Florida! explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird--and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree. But there is far more to Florida than its sideshow freakiness. Oh, Florida! explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250071200
1250071208
Branch Call Number: F316.2 .P57 2016
Characteristics: x, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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JCLMaryanaK Sep 15, 2016

Entertaining and informative, this quick read will give you plenty of material to regale your friends with at a dinner party. Rapid fire storytelling about the craziness, corruption, greed, and stupid behavior that exists in all the states, but shines exceptionally bright in Florida. The author spends a few pages at most on each anecdote or piece of Florida history, pausing occasionally to reflect. Pittman's sense of humor and c'est la vie attitude keeps the book from getting too dark or depressing.

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