My Favorite Books About Miami & Miami Beach

Sunshine, Stone Crabs and Cheesecake The Story of Miami Beach

Miami Beach is unrivaled in the annals of American resort history, and nobody in the country can tell its story better than renowned local historian and resident of Miami for more than six decades Seth H. Bramson. From the 1870 arrival of the Lums on an inhospitable mangrove sandbar to a modern-day hospitality mecca, enjoy this beachfront view of the people and places, booms and busts, reinventions and rebirths of one of the greatest resort cities on earth. Featuring nearly two hundred stunning images drawn mostly from previously unpublished private collections, Sunshine, Stone Crabs and Cheesecake The Story of Miami Beach is truly a one-of-a-kind trip to Miami Beach.

Last Train to Paradise Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean

Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler’s dream fulfilled, the Key West Railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World.” Standiford brings the full force and fury of 1935’s deadly “Storm of the Century” and its sweeping destruction of “the railroad that crossed an ocean” to terrifying life. Last Train to Paradise celebrates a crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition in a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise

The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history to try to save it. The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise is the stunning story of the destruction and possible resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man’s abuse of nature in southern Florida and his unprecedented efforts to make amends. Michael Grunwald, a prize-winning national reporter for The Washington Post, takes readers on a riveting journey from the Ice Ages to the present, illuminating the natural, social and political history of one of America’s most beguiling but least understood patches of land.

South Beach Deco: Step by Step

South Beach Deco: Step by Step will help you define South Beach, Florida It is a step-by-step guide to this unique architectural and cultural wonder. Besides a variety of walking tours of the Art Deco architecture, this rich guidebook offers insight into the tempo, culture, and the habits of some very unusual daily (and nightly) South Beach customs. Whether you’re a visitor, a resident, or thinking of moving here, this rich resource will provide need-to-know information, from the definition of “Art Deco,” to where to sip your morning coffee. Nearly 200 vibrant and artful photographs will take you on a journey filled with the romance and color of tropical Art Deco; the text will help you uncover the heart and soul of South Beach.

Lost_Miami_Abandoned_Florida

Miami architecture is world renowned, but many historic treasures have been forgotten. The Richmond Naval Air Station was a blimp base destroyed by hurricane in 1945. A Cold War missile base lies covered in graffiti. Homestead’s old Aerojet complex was originally used in the testing and construction of experimental rockets but was slowly demolished as part of a project to revitalize the Everglades. The Miami Marine Stadium was declared unsafe after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and stands abandoned today. Author and “Abandoned Florida” blogger David Bulit revives the history and secrets of the Magic City’s vanishing gems in LOST MIAMI, Stories & Secrets Behind Magic City Ruins.