9780813018294

Up for Grabs

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813018294

  • ISBN10:

    0813018293

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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Summary

A wandering Floridian who made his way home in the early 1970s, John Rothchild writes about the state with the savvy of a native and the perspective of an outsider. His personal and historical travelogue reads alternately like a litany of 20th-century ills and a Monty Python rendering of the Great American Dream. In Florida, both versions are true.

Settled through the chicanery of a few enterprising brokers and real estate wizards, Rothchild's Florida is a civilization built from scratch, out of the most unusual ingredients. While much of the state seems younger than many of its inhabitants, he observes, it hosts all the modern demographic, economic, and social problems. Still, those ills don't dispel the magic of its sunshine, beaches, and exotic fauna or undermine its status as a great American myth.

Told within the framework of Rothchild's travels from Miami to the Everglades, around the state and back again, up for Grabs is part history, part travelogue, part journalism, part autobiography -- a humorous and appreciative tour of a society fabricated from

Author Biography

John Rothchild was a former editor of Washington Monthly, a columnist for Time and Fortune, and a contributor to Esquire, Rolling Stone, Harper's Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Reentry
1(16)
Continental Drift
17(19)
Surroundings
36(16)
History
52(18)
Promotions
70(11)
Current Events
81(23)
Conservation
104(15)
Opportunity
119(21)
Is There Really a Mafia?
140(7)
The Latins
147(15)
The Fourth Dimension
162(9)
Familiar Latitude
171(12)
Back to Business
183(13)
The Great America Trading Company
196(7)
Roots in the Landfill
203

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