Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Arms and the DudesView on Amazon The true storyhow three stoner kids from Miami Beach became big-time weapons traders—and how the US government turned on them. By Guy Lawson.
- Fool’s Paradise: Players, Poseurs, and the Culture of Excess in South BeachView on Amazon A light, entertaining profile of Miami Beach – a tale of fabulous excess, grand Art deco hotels, thwarted power and rekindled lives. By Steven Gaines.
- Havana NocturneView on Amazon How the Mob owned Cuba — the greatest hope for the future of American organized crime in the post-Prohibition years — and then lost it to Castro's revolution. By TJ English.
- Last Train to ParadiseView on Amazon The true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad (1912-1935) — one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, the centerpiece of Standard Oil baron Henry Flagler’s plan to develop Florida as a vacation paradise. By Les Standiford.
- MiamiView on Amazon A thoughtful, critical look at the Miami Cuban identity and mindset. By Joan Didion.
- OrangesView on Amazon The story of Florida's quintessential fruit, including sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Florida's Indian River, the first orange barons and modern concentrate makers. By John McPhee.
- Rabbit at RestView on Amazon This Pulitzer-Prize-winning glimpse into the life of Florida-retiree Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom explores the bleak terrain of late middle age. By John Updike.
- Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, BahamasView on Amazon A great resource for the snorkeler or scuba diver, the easy-to-use, quick reference format makes it easy to identify the hundreds of fishes sighted on the reefs, sand flats, grass beds and surf zones. By Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach.
- South Beach Deco: Step By StepView on Amazon A well-illustrated review of South Beach's trademark Art Deco style and a number of walking tours. By Iris Garnett Chase.
- The Architecture of Leisure: The Florida Resort Hotels of Henry Flagler and Henry PlantView on Amazon As the rail barons who transformed Florida pushed their lines southward, they also created a string of resort hotels to attract wealthy northerners with an appetite for balmy climates and luxurious accommodations. The author tells the story of the magnificent pleasure palaces created by Plant and Flagler and the impact of their conspicuous scale and opulence on the Florida wilderness. By Susan R Braden.
- The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of ParadiseView on Amazon The author 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. By Michael Grunwald.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Assignment America: Little Havana”View on NYTimes.com With its Mission and Art Deco buildings nestled near the core of Miami's sprawling metropolis of shopping malls, suburbs and condos, it remains a touchstone: the heart of the Cuban exile experience. By Lizette Alvarez.
- “Florida Without Oranges”View on TheAtlantic.com A disease is decimating the citrus industry, leading some to wonder what's next for parts of the Sunshine State. By Alana Semuels.
- “Florida’s Geological History”View on sarasota.wateratlas.usf.edu A brief, scholarly look at the state's unique geological history. By Ginger M Allen and Martin B Main.
- “In Miami, Astonishment Over Action and Disagreement Over Cuba News”View on NYTimes.com In a city with more Cubans than anywhere but Cuba, reactions are mixed. By Lizette Alvarez and Nick Madigan.
- “Miami Beach: Synthesis of Historic Preservation and Economic Development”View on mimonthebeach.com This Rutgers University-sponsored article examines the historical development of Miami Beach, focusing on how South Beach was threatened with demolition, subsequently spared and then prospered with historic preservationists leading the way. By Jedediah Drole and David Listokin, Ph.D.
- “Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away”View on TheGuardian.com Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers. By Robin McKie.
- “Notes from Underground”View on NewYorker.com Florida's sinkhole peril. By David Owen.
- “Orchid Fever”View on SusanOrlean.com How seductive are orchids? Connoisseurs spare nothing for a rare bloom — the issue in a battle between Florida, the Seminoles and a man with a passion. By Susan Orlean.
- “The Life and Death of Miami Coral”View on NewYorker.com The plight of the coral ecosystem in light of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Deep Dredge project, an effort to widen and deepen shipping lanes into the Port of Miami. By Dave Tompkins.
- “The Miami Connection”View on longform.org Billionaire Marcelo Claure wants to bring soccer to South Florida. He just doesn't want to talk about it. By Robert Andrew Powell.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Art Basel Miami through the eyes of a curatorListen on scpr.org Franklin Sirmans, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA, provides his perspective on the culture of the trademark Miami event and the artists who stood out.
- Foreign Dollars Fuel A New Condo Boom In MiamiListen on wnyc.org After the bust of the Great Recession, construction cranes once again tower over Miami. The transformation masks a difficult reality: This flashy city also remains one of the nation's poorest.
- Miami Rejects Hosting Cuban Consulate, But Tampa Wants ItListen on npr.org The two Florida cities with large Cuban-American populations take different positions.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Coral MorphologicFollow @CoralMorph Documenting the surprising diversity of corals that have pioneered into Miami's urban waterways.
- Twitter: Eater MiamiFollow @eatermiami Food news and dining guides for Miami.
- Twitter: Miami Art SceneFollow @Miami_Art_Scene Miami's No.1 Art Blog - an influential visual arts portal covering local, national & international art news, art info, artists, exhibits, trends and events.
- Twitter: Miami New TimesFollow @MiamiNewTimes Miami news updates from web editor extraordinaire @Jose_D_Duran and the city's leading alternative news source since 1987.
- Twitter: Miami.comFollow @Miamicom Miami.com is the Miami Herald's destination for news on entertainment, food, culture and music, curating the best South Florida has to offer.