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In Oh, Florida!, Craig Pittman explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill.

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Oh, Florida! To some people, it’s a paradise. To others, it's a punch line. As Oh, Florida! shows, it's both of these and, more important, 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, no USA 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 carefree 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 manmade 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.

"This entertaining book will amuse and astonish Floridians and anybody interested in the absurdity of the Sunshine State or human nature in general." ---Library Journal

"[A] unique and charming book that is part history, part travelogue, and part memoir . . . An inviting tour through Florida’s personality and the colorful characters that make it up." ---Kirkus

"Oh, Florida! brings readers in for laughs, but then gets them to stick around for the tale of a maddening, fascinating and wonderful place." ---The Tampa Bay Times

Oh, Florida!

How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

Author Craig Pittman

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Publication date Nov 15, 2016

Running time 14 hrs

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