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Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers (Florida History and Culture) Paperback – September 5, 2010
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“An homage to the rugged ‘swamp rats’ who were largely overlooked or scorned by the region’s historians, naturalists, and adventurers.”—Miami Herald
“Documents an aspect of Florida history and culture of which far too little has been written. . . . [Gladesmen] is alive with South Florida history and spiced with Simmons’ understated humor and world view.”—Folk Winds
“Contains interesting tales of outlaws, moonshiners and other characters—some who lived on the edge of right and wrong—and roamed the inhospitable backcountry prairies of soft muck and massive mosquitoes.”—South Dade News Leader
“We Floridians sometimes . . . long for the simple life of pioneers and wonder how we would manage ‘living off the land.’ This book serves as a slap in the face of such fantasy.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Simmons tells us that he is no hero, but he is the stuff of Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett, Jim Bridger, and Alfred Wallace.”—Florida Frontier Gazette
“Simmons is Florida’s answer to Huckleberry Finn.”—Georgia Historical Quarterly
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This portrait of Florida is vivid and harsh, and the book provides a richer, more nuanced, view of the state than most imagine.
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These are stories about how it was when the state was wide open , great fishing and hunting along with lots of wilderness and virtually no pollution that we know today.
Reading it is a step back into time and history that very few folks would ever believe actually happen in the Florida as they know it today.
As an additional benefit the back section of the book has the plans for making a traditional Everglades Skiff , the major form of transportation in the Everglades before the water flow was controlled by the Government. As far as I know these are the only plans for the traditional skiff available today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, straight from the heart stories from the glades to the keys and south, south Florida. Good stuff.Published 7 months ago by Bill Ware
I loved that this book was told by a real Gladesman, Mr. Glen Simmons. Ms. Laura Ogden did a great job capturing his thoughts and words. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jake
Some of our family lived in the Everglades, was quite an interesting life they lived.Published 12 months ago by Patricia Ann Hardesty
Definitely a Fl. Cracker book. My grand parents and parents were part of this landscape.Published 16 months ago by Jacklyn P. Staats
After visiting the Florida Keys we decided to purchase this book. It is very interesting and informative about the Everglades. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary Jo Swan
Bought this for my dad for Christmas, he read it in one day and absolutely loved it. This was recommended on the page of a book I bought him for his birthday - backcountry lawman. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by adrianne hampton
I really enjoyed this book. I grew up in Homestead and know Wade Simmons, a nephew of Glenn. I also have inlaws who hunted with him and my son knew him as well.Published on July 30, 2013 by billintville