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Miami Beach Blueprint of an Eden First Edition

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By Michele Oka Doner and Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. (Wolfsonian Founder!)
 
Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden is the story of an extraordinary time and place. It is the concurrent stories of two families placed by destiny in unique place and time: the Wolfsons and the Okas.
 
The authors' fathers were each mayors of Miami Beach, one in the 1940s and one in the '50s and early '60s. Their mothers were prominent first ladies. Their exhaustive family archives provide a rich cultural, architectural, political, social, botanical, stylistic, gastronomic, geological, and poetic history of Miami Beach at an extraordinary time, seen through the prism of family and place.
 
The soul of Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden is a dialogue between the authors, using letters and narrative text. The heart of the book is its sumptuous photographs, architectural blueprints, memorabilia, sheet music, native poetry, maps, drawings, and recipies -- everything that gave rise to the contemporary phenomena that is Miami Beach.
 
With an introduction by contemporary architectural historian and writer, Alastair Gordon, no other book on Miami Beach brings together Mickey Mouse, Eleanor Roosevelt, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, composer Manna Zucca, opera singer Renata Tebaldi, singing cowboy Gene Autry, master photographer Arnold Newman, Joan Fields and her Stradivarius, Oscar winner Geraldine Page, producer Robert Evans, architect Morris Lapidus, Jacqueline Kennedy, Anita Eckberg, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Leonard Bernstein, Washington politicos, haute couture outdoor runaways, and pre-Vegas nightlife...in a memoir that is so visual, converstional,  and filled with family history that its local intensity illuminates a national character.
 
Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publication, Inc., 2005
ISBN-10: 389985330X
Hardcover: 328 pages, 11.6" x 10"