War in Paradise: Stories of World War II in Florida

War in Paradise is a collection of articles about the impact of World War II on the Sunshine State. It covers subjects such as (1) German prisoners of war; (2) U-boat attacks along the Florida coast; (3) three Florida natives killed at Pearl Harbor; (4) Army Air Force bombing runs that fell on civilians in Florida; (5) German saboteurs who landed on the Florida peninsula; (6) RAF trainees in Florida; (7) the suicide of a German POW; and (8) the murder of a Floridian in German custody. The book also contains maps, pictures, and sources.


Guardian Angel 911: A series of Interconnected True Stories

Not unlike all our lives this book is a series of stories, separate but interconnected. They are all true with the exception of some literary license where details were lost in the telling and retelling. Guardian Angel 911 will provide an insight to the sojourn of a native, born in the isolated hammocks and swamps of the real Florida, before the population exploded in the third quarter of the twentieth century. - J.T. Glisson


Mary McLeod Bethune

Born in 1873 as the first free child in a family of former slaves, Mary McLeod Bethune would become an adviser to American presidents, an important civil rights leader, and founder of what is now Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Through the recollections of Mary McLeod Bethune and those closest to her, Nancy Ann Zrinyi Long has created an engaging biography of an influential and inspirational educator and activist.


Jacob Summerlin

The book Jacob Summerlin: King of the Crackers by Joe Akerman and Mark Akerman. In this brief biography, Joe and Mark Akerman manage to capture the essence of Jake Summerlin's life and the broader scope of Florida history.


Henry Plant

Kelly Reynolds spent years bringing Henry Bradley Plant to life on the stage and he has managed to convey the excitement of Plant's life in the pages of this book. An excellent read for anyone interested in Florida History - Robert A. Taylor, Florida Institute of Technology


Weird Florida

This book chronicles examples of Florida's fascinating and funny weirdness. "Florida is the home of more nuttiness per square mile than any place on earth-- and we dare the world to prove us wrong."

From cows in the Intracoastal Waterway to haunted airliners to celebrity sex scandals: it all happens in Florida. Is there a weirder state? Eliot's comedic delivery and multimedia displays leave audiences roaring.


Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy

Stetson Kennedy was born in Jacksonville on October 5, 1916.  From 1937 to 1942, Kennedy traveled the cities, towns, and rural backwoods of Florida documenting the cultural heritage of the state’s diverse populations for the WPA’s Florida Writers’ Project.  Kennedy later infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, exposing their secrets.  He was an activist for positive social change, working to make life better for all Floridians until his death on August 27, 2011.  This book is the first comprehensive look at the life and work of author, activist, folklorist, investigative journalis

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