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Captivating page-turner , rich in history, and non-fiction which reads like a novel
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
After attending University of Miami in the 70's , I lived part time in Florida for most of the intervening years until I retired full-time in the Sunshine State in 2010.
It's a state which I love for many reasons (besides the obvious - the weather), but didn't know much about . I'd seen Flagler's name (as well as his assistant , Mr. Krome's ) on many streets , buildings and monuments , but had no idea what a visionary industrialist he was, nor how he came about his fortune.
This book tells a much needed story of some of the history of Florida for the millions and millions of refugees moving here from the frigid, high-tax, over-regulated northeastern states. It is beautifully written , reads like a novel, but it is well researched and relates a captivating story.
It's also a lesson in the awesome power of hurricanes for the neophyte who thinks he or she is going to "ride one out".
As an aside, it is a gentle reminder that horrific climatological events have occur long before the term "man-made climate change" had even been dreamt up