Review Roundup

UPF books have received lots of praise in the past few months. Since springtime in Florida is the perfect opportunity to relax outside with a good book, now is a great time to take a look at some of these titles.

 

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Time magazine reviewed Douglas R. Egerton and Robert L. Paquette’s The Denmark Vesey Affair: A Documentary History. According to Time, the book “aims to prove that even if the revolt itself didn’t actually happen, the plot did exist, and that it was the most sophisticated collective plot against slavery in the U.S.”

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Time magazine also featured Cameron McNeil, editor of Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao. McNeil’s expertise was called on to describe the role of cacao as a form of exchange. You can find the full article here.

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Bob Kealing’s just-released book, Elvis Ignited: The Rise of an Icon in Florida, has generated lots of interest. The Tampa Bay Times says, “[Presley] comes back to life in the pages of Bob Kealing’s Elvis Ignited. . . . This is the Elvis that created the legend: young, beautiful, raw and revolutionary, a shot of pure energy into mid-century America.” Florida Today writes that these are “fascinating stories about the singer’s early career in the Sunshine State.” And the Orlando Sentinel reports that Kealing “reveal[s] Florida’s crucial role in the life and musical careers of the king of rock ‘n’ roll. . . . The first comprehensive record of a real turning point in American musical history.”

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Bob Lee’s new book, Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases: True Stories of Florida Game Wardens, got lots of positive attention. It is, according to the Florida Times-Union, “Chock-full of adventures. . . . A boatload of true stories gathered from around the state over four decades.” Foreword Reviews writes, “Lee has both chased some doozies and heard tales of plenty more in his thirty-plus years of duty in the Sunshine State. . . . Riveting.” As described by Woods ‘n Water Magazine, “Discover the excitement, dangers, and disasters that game wardens face every day on the job. . . . These amazing experiences span the state.”

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The Daily News of Galveston County calls Ted Spitzmiller’s book The History of Human Space Flight “an exciting story. It captures readers’ attention, making you want to keep reading.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida

by Cathy Salustri

“This book will remind you why Florida is considered paradise, just in case you had forgotten.”—Tampa Bay Magazine

 

 

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Enchantments: Julian Dimock’s Photographs of Southwest Florida

49281by Jerald T. Milanich and Nina J. Root

“Delivers spellbinding images that tell stories both individually and in tandem. . . . This book deserves a space either on your coffee table as a beautiful visual introduction to early Florida lifeways or on your bookshelf as a crucial historical resource about life in Southwest Florida during the early twentieth century.”—Southeastern Archaeology

 

 

 

 

 

We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South

edited by Denise E. Bates

“This moving anthology . . . reveal[s] the richness and variety of Native American life in the South during the 20th century.”—Choice

 

 

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Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century

by Leslie Kemp Poole

“Important, relevant and timely. . . . Recommended reading.”—Florida Scientist

 

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Victims of Ireland’s Great Famine: The Bioarchaeology of Mass Burials at Kilkenny Union Workhouse

by Jonny Geber

“Shows how archaeology can help both academic and non-specialist readers to comprehend the lives of even the most unfortunate.”—Antiquity

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