Oh, Florida! To some people it's a paradise. To others it's a punch line. As Oh, Florida! shows, it's both of these, and, more important, 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 carefree 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.
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.
"This entertaining book will amuse and astonish Floridians and anybody interested in the absurdity of the Sunshine State or human nature in general." (Library Journal)
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Oh Floriduh. I guess we have always been weird.
Not a reader, but a good listener.
I wanted to see if I could learn anything new about my home state. Being a seventh generation Floridian, whose family arrived in Florida in 1774, I was pleasantly surprised by most of these facts. A lot of this information was easy to recall from what I lived and from what I had learned. It definitely gives you a detailed history of Florida.
No. He did a good job in a laid back style. The author seems depicted as somewhat opinionated and a bit left leaning. Some of the bad events were a bit overdone, but I could be biased.
The one I can remember is the start of Billy Graham. I did not know that, but heard him preach on TV quite often as I grew up.
The overall story was definitely a good listen. I enjoyed reliving the past. As we grew up in Florida, we always thought California was weird. After getting to my current age, I realize we have them beat. I love Florida and I only lived out of state twice. Once for U.S. Navy technical training and once to accept my first civilian job when leaving the Navy. I always wanted to return home to family, friends and the warm climate. Florida is my home and I plan to stay.
A book about the author's political views - boring
A different author.
I assumed this would be a fun listen - quirky Florida tales , interesting history, etc. Not so. The book was written by a newspaper journalist who concerns himself primarily with Florida politics and his personal views on same. There are some 'weird' Florida tales but not nearly enough. The book is more of a rant about all that is and has been wrong with state and local politics for years. So what? He could pick any state and write about that.
How does a lifelong Floridian write about the sadly uninformed people who buy acreages or home sites in Florida only to learn that these sites will have no city water or sewer access for years? Seriously?? Has he never heard of septic tanks and wells? Presumably the buyers have.
- L. Burney