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Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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It's quite clear that native Floridian and author T.D. Allman did extensive research in his new book Finding Florida, but for this reader, a former Florida resident for many years, it's apparent that there should have been some fact checking done before publication. Mr. Allman is well-educated author and an accomplished journalist, with years of experience under his belt, and should be quite experienced with the checking of facts.
The book starts off well, and his Prologue kicks the theme off well, with somewhat snarky mentions of Florida's unique geography, the search for gold by Spanish explorers, sinkholes, alligators and palmetto bugs (referred to as "Floridaese for giant flying cockroaches"), which made this former resident smile, as many of us had poked jibes at these for many years. Then there was this passage:
"Florida is the Play-Doh State. Take the goo; mold it to your dream. Then watch the dream ooze back into goo. People are constantly ruining Florida; Florida is constantly ruining them back."
Will admit that I laughed at this and a few more descriptions... until I reached page viii, where part of a sentence jumped out at me: "Florida lacks alluvial soil..." This statement jolted me, remembering back to junior high in Florida when I received a verbal smack down from a teacher for missing the word in a quiz. Florida has no alluvial soil? It's mentioned in Hollee Temple's 2006 book, ...Read more ›
Absolutely everything that Allman writes concerns that fact that history has been fabricated by everyone, except him.The atmosphere in Florida is to blame the victim, whites can shoot, maim kill other races with no punishment even today. Almost every chapter brings up and compares what is happening to the admittedly little known and horrid massacre at Fort Negro. It is as if this is the only place in the world that carnages and injustice has prevailed. He constantly reminds readers that anyone who has brought fortunes to Florida has been wiped out, with the exception of Walt Disney who lied and finagled his way into skirting tax and environmental laws which every rich person in Florida gets to do. Even the poor do not complain as their access to beaches is constantly blocked so that bridges can rise to let the rich yachts sail by.
Allman seems to take pleasure in describing the blood and gore, massacres and killings. He tells how the confederate army`s fighting was not a trail of glory but of blood, pus and vomit.Read more ›
This book is just rubbish and I suggest you not waste any time reading it.
I bought the audio book version of this from Audible, and I have to admit this is the first time I have ever used Audible's "no questions asked" return policy. This book is THAT bad. Save your money, please.
Aside from this, I also found the writing style to be disjointed and hard to follow, almost as if it hadn't been edited (or had been poorly edited).
I rarely write bad reviews, but I consider this book to have been almost a total waste of money. I am half way through and will not be finishing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be an excellent book. Mr. Allman took on the myths and foolish stories were grew up with here in Florida and wiped away the haze. Read morePublished 2 months ago by beachbugs
meandering but informative. Highly critical of early settlers andPublished 5 months ago by Steven T. Loosbrock
Finding Florida attempts to shine a light on the darker recesses of Florida's history. Rather than the sunshine fictions and neo-confederate fabrications that litter the public... Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Hooper
I will be buying a hard copy of this book so I can tab sections for reference. Sometimes the read is redundant.Published 6 months ago by Michael K. Hoffman
An interesting book, riddled with inaccuracies. But, very readable. I heard the author at an event about this book When I told him he was inaccurate and fully arrogant. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Harry C. Green
This was an outstanding read, I thought I knew a lot about Florida history this book proved me wrong. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John B.
Great book. We researched. Myths are hard to overcome, and Mr. Allman makes a positive observation.Published 11 months ago by C Craig Van Gundy