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Oh, Florida! : How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (Hardcover) (Craig

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Oh, Florida! That name. That combination of sounds. Three simple syllables, and yet packing so many mixed messages. To some people, it's a paradise. To others, it's a punchline. AsOh, Florida! shows, it's both of these - and, more importantly, it's a Petri dish, producing trends that end up influencing the rest of the country. Without Florida there would be no NASCAR, no Bettie Page pinups, no Glenn Beck radio rants, noUSA Today, no "Stand Your Ground," ... you get the idea.

To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies.Oh, Florida! explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird - and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree. But there is far more to Florida than its sideshow freakiness.Oh, Florida! explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill.

Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Travel, History, Humor
Sub-Genre: Social History, Essays + Travelogues, Topic / Political
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Craig Pittman
Language: English
Street Date: July 5, 2016
TCIN: 51133477
UPC: 9781250071200
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-1184
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MSRPwas $26.99

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