Over its long history, Florida has been
many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that
ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; "god's waiting
room." With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it
became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but
today is our fourth most populous state, with nineteen million. The site
of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the
roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse
states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st
However, the remarkable story of Florida has been distorted and whitewashed. In Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, journalist T.D. Allman reclaims this remarkable history from the mythologizers, apologists, and boosters.
Allman traces the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Florida,
its transformation from a swamp to a paradise. Palm Beach, Key West,
Miami, Tampa, and Orlando boomed, fortunes were won and lost, land was
stolen and flipped, and millions arrived.
The product of a decade of research and writing, Finding Floridais a highly original, stylish, and masterful work, the first modern comprehensive history of this fascinating place.
About the Author
T.D. Allman is the author of Miami: City of the Future, and Rogue State: America at War with the World.
A native Floridian, Harvard graduate, and former Peace Corps volunteer
in Nepal, Allman was for many years the foreign correspondent of Vanity Fair, and is credited with uncovering the CIA's "secret war" (a phrase he coined) in Laos. He has written about Florida for Esquire and National Geographic, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper's, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Le Monde, and The Economist, among other publications. He divides his time between Miami, New York, and the south of France.
A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world.
Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee "Tennie" Claflin-the most fascinating and scandalous sisters in American history-were unequaled for their vastly avant-garde crusade for women's fiscal, political, and sexual independence. They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous, achieving a stunning list of firsts. In 1870 they became the first women to open a brokerage firm, not to be repeated for nearly a century. Amid high gossip that he was Tennie's lover, the richest man in America, fabled tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, bankrolled the sisters. As beautiful as they were audacious, the sisters drew a crowd of more than two thousand Wall Street bankers on opening day. A half century before women could vote, Victoria used her Wall Street fame to become the first woman to run for president, choosing former slave Frederick Douglass as her running mate. She was also the first woman to address a United States congressional committee. Tennie ran for Congress and shocked the world by becoming the honorary colonel of a black regiment.
They were the first female publishers of a radical weekly, and the first to print Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto in America. As free lovers they railed against Victorian hypocrisy and exposed the alleged adultery of Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous preacher in America, igniting the "Trial of the Century" that rivaled the Civil War for media coverage. Eventually banished from the women's movement while imprisoned for allegedly sending "obscenity" through the mail, the sisters sashayed to London and married two of the richest men in England, dining with royalty while pushing for women's rights well into the twentieth century.
Vividly telling their story, Myra MacPherson brings these inspiring and outrageous sisters brilliantly to life. She deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today.
About the Author
Myra MacPherson is the award-winning and bestselling author of four previous books, including The Power Lovers, the Vietnam War classic Long Time Passing, and All Governments Lie. She was an acclaimed journalist at the Washington Post, and has also written for the New York Times, numerous magazines, and websites. She lives in Washington, D.C.
updated and expanded collection spans the career of renowned American
photographer Michael Childers, including many photographs published for
the first time. Working mostly with black-and-white film, Childers has
captured the icons and legends of popular culture and the art world for
decades. His stunning portraits include Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner,
Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, Rock Hudson, and Carol Channing.
Several portraits are of special importance because they were taken
early in the actors' careers, before they became celebrities: Sissy
Spacek, Demi Moore, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Richard Gere, and Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Equally important are portraits of the great
film-industry legends who helped establish and build the stars' careers,
including film directors Billy Wilder and John Schlesinger and costume
designer Edith Head. In addition to stars of the film world, Childers
has produced portraits of contemporary artists, architects, writers and
musicians, including a series of photographs of Andy Warhol in his New
York studio and Paris apartment, and a series of David Hockney in his
Hollywood and London studios.
About the Author
Michael Childers was a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines and has photographed more than 200 magazine covers for publications including Elle, Esquire, GQ, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, Los Angeles, New York, Paris Match, TV Guide, and Vogue. He created more than 150 album covers and film posters and worked as a special photographer on dozens of films, including Coal Miner’s Daughter, Grease, Marathon Man, The Terminator, and Ocean’s 12.
His work appears in numerous venues worldwide, including the Andy
Warhol Museum, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the
Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Art Museum,
and the National Portrait Gallery. He lives in Rancho Mirage,
Miami attorney Jack Swyteck finds himself in the middle of an international legal battle over a Cuban oil spill that sets him on a deadly mission.
Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon environmental catastrophe, oil is spewing into the ocean again, this time from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters just fifty miles from the Florida Keys. The slick is headed straight for the United States, but the Cubans refuse American offers to assist with the cleanup, and threaten to fire on "hostile" U.S. vessels entering their waters. Backstopping the Cubans is the powerful consortium that owned and operated the rig, and is tied to the Chinese, Russian, and Venezuelan governments, who stonewall all inquiries and relief efforts.
Jack and his new wife, Andie Henning, an undercover agent for the FBI, are honeymooning in the Keys when Andie is called away on an assignment shrouded in secrecy. Jack, too, is soon back at work, representing an American woman whose Cuban husband was killed in the rig explosion. Though the spill occurred in foreign waters, Jack draws on all his legal know-how to file a wrongful death suit in a U.S. court and hopefully bring the young widow a semblance of closure.
Jack's pursuit of the unimaginably complicated international case plunges him into a dangerous world filled with treacherous twists that lead him--and Andie--to the same shocking realization . . . that the looming environmental disaster may have been no "accident" at all.
Miami-Dade County’s sex-offender residency restrictions raise fundamental questions concerning the protection of both civil liberties and public safety. Join us for this important discussion, moderated by CBS4′s Jim DeFede.
Our panel will include:
Marc Sarnoff, Miami city commissioner
Dawn Thompson, assistant executive director, Kristi House child advocacy center
Gail Colletta, president, Florida Action Committee, an organization seeking evidence based reform of policies
for managing sex offenders in the community
Eric Imhof, psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of sex offenders
Jeanne Baker, cooperating attorney on cases challenging sex-offender residency restrictions, ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter
Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with I See You Made an Effort, a
book of essays so wickedly funny it may make you forget your last
birthday. Not one to shy away from the grisly realities of middle age,
the “slyly subversive” (O, The Oprah Magazine) Gurwitch confronts the various indignities faced by femmes d’un certain age with candor, wit, and a healthy dose of hilarious self-deprecation.
Whether falling in lust at the Genius bar, navigating the
extensive—and treacherously expensive—anti aging offerings at a
department-store beauty counter, coping with the assisted suicide of her
best friend, negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with
her teenage kid, or the thudding financial reality of the
“never-tirement” generation that leads her to petty theft, Gurwitch’s
essays prove her a remarkably astute writer in her prime (in so many
ways). Is this the beginning of the Eileen Fisher years? Where does one
conduct an affair with a younger man? Is 50 the new 40? Or is 50 still
Scorchingly honest, surreally and riotously funny, I See You Made an Effort is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and a must-read for women of all ages. Reading glasses not included.
About the Author
Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, a self-hurt marital memoir co-written with her husband, Jeff Kahn, now a theatrical play in its third national tour; and Fired! Tales of the Caned, Canceled, Downsized & Dismissed. Her Fired!
documentary premiered as a Showtime Comedy Special and played film
festivals around the world. Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following
during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & a Movie; her acting credits include Dexter, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Melvin Goes to Dinner, The Shaggy Dog and Not Necessarily The News on HBO. Most recently, she starred in the adaptation of Grace Paley’s A Coney Island Christmas
by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies at The Geffen
Playhouse. Live appearances include New York Comedy Festival, 92nd St Y,
Upright Citizens Brigade and story salons in both New York and Los
Angeles. She has served as a regular commentator on NPR and a humorist
for TheNation.com. Her writing has appeared in More, Marie Claire,
Men's Health, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Gurwitch is
a passionate environmentalist, a reluctant atheist, and lives with her
husband and son in Los Angeles.