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Charlton Tebeau Book Award (Florida Historical Society) - 2013
"Kerstein examines the city's complex relationship with tourism through research, as he skillfully weaves economic, social and cultural accounts that are both informing and fascinating. His fresh historical persepctive reads like fiction, featuring a lively cast of characters in a vivid setting full of surprises."
--Tampa Bay Magazine
"A must read for anyone interested in Key West history and economy."
--Monroe County Public Library (blog)
"A real-deal history about fast change in a strange place."
--The Daytona Beach News-Journal
"Refutes the widely-held belief among scholars that mass tourism inevitably erases a locale’s difference in favor of uniformity…Kerstein does a commendable job conveying the tension inherent in Key West’s long history with commercial tourism."
"A richly detailed local story about the tensions between mass tourism and the island community’s culture."
--Florida Historical Quarterly