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Florida Book Award for Florida Nonfiction, Gold - 2013
BAAS Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize - 2014
Represents almost a decade of extensive inquiry into the Anglo-dominated promotional machine that reimagined California from a desert wasteland to a costal paradise, and Florida from a backwater swamp to a lush homeland. . . . An eye-opening appraisal. . . . Highly recommended.
Deserves the attention of scholars interested in how climate is socially constructed and how places are strategically promoted.
--Journal of American History
An engaging, insightful book that offers us a cultural history of economic development in an era when health, independence, and the good life itself were being redefined.
--Business History Review
A rare comparative history of tourism development, one that makes a variety of connections: between peninsular Florida and southern California, between tourist and agricultural promotion of each, and between each of these areas and the rest of their respective states.
--Reviews in American History
A valuable addition to current environmental and urban histories dealing with the significance, malleability, and sale of climate, and contributes to a broader political project that links the American West and South.