T.D. Allman -- Finding Florida -- Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
From the very first story, the remarkable
history of Florida has been distorted and whitewashed. In Finding Florida (Atlantic Monthly, $27.50), T.D.
Allman reclaims this remarkable history from the mythologizers, apologists,
and boosters. The product of a
decade of research and writing, Finding Florida is a highly original,
stylish, and masterful work, the first modern history of this important place. T.D. Allman is the author of Miami:
City of the Future, and Rogue State: America at War with the World.
A native Floridian, Harvard graduate, and former Peace Corps volunteer in
Nepal, Allman was for many years the foreign correspondent of Vanity Fair,
and is credited with uncovering the CIA's "secret war" (a phrase he
coined) in Laos. He has written about Florida for Esquire and National
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 5th, 2013
Over its long history, Florida has been many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; "god's waiting room." With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but today is our fourth most populous state, with nineteen million.