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"This book is a remarkable account of one man's dream that ended in disaster." (Booklist)
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By Roy on 04-05-09
A Pleasant Surprise
This book was a pleasant listening surprise. I try to choose books beyond my regular interest for the discipline and to expand my horizons. This book by novelist Les Standiford did the trick.
Actually, the book is the nonfiction story of HM Flagler who developed Florida as a vacation destination. Only industrial archeologist can find the remains of the railroad, but Standiford brings the era, the money, the work, and the result to life for those interested today.
This is the story of an investment, a dream, ambitions, and human failings. Well read, well written, this book is a good choice.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Pamela on 12-13-11
A really engrossing history tale
I bought this book prior to our most recent trip to Key West. Listened to it on the train south (appropriate, huh?).
I enjoy history that is told through a real person's viewpoint. The drama of the Labor Day hurricane that decimated southern Florida is the focus of the story. Background details of Henry Flagler, the man who built the rail line to paradise, is woven in. Without too many "boring" facts, but enough to give meat to the tale.
Included are writing of E. Hemmingway about what he saw in the storm's aftermath. Things too shocking to be published in the press of the day. The stories of many of Key West's notable personalities are included as well. If you're interested in Key West, this is a marvelous primer on a snippet of island's less-known past.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful