MIAMI, U.S.A. by Helen Muir


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The story of a mushrooming city that, in under a century, has grown from a tiny settlement of white, Negroes, Indians, to a city pushing the million mark. This goes back to the first white settlers, to the first sportsmen, to the dreamers, such as Julia Tuttle and Carl Fisher who dreamed it could be a metropolis. Then of the building boom and bust in the '20's; of the coming of vacationists, celebrities, gangsters; of Miami and World War II. The end impression is of a parasitic place, catering to pleasure seekers, playing up a climate which isn't quite up to Chamber of Commerce claims. There is fascinating material here, but the reluctance on the part of Mrs. Muir to omit any facts she has collected tends to give it lack of focus.

Publisher: Holt