The Florida Land Boom of the 1920s by Gregg M. Turner is such an intriguing read for individuals that love history. It’s about how the Roaring Twenties, millions of Americans moved to Florida, the Sunshine State, seeking quick riches in real estate. Numerous made fortunes; numerous left with debt. This illuminating book details how one of the greatest migration and development episodes in American history started, reached dizzying heights, then rapidly collapsed.
Since I live in Florida, this book caught my attention since I wanted to know (and still do) more where I live. There were some parts that were intriguing and some were most certainly not. Some interesting parts were learning how the land boom started and ended. It is extremely instructive and detailed. The author, Gregg Turner, really expounds about how every major city was developed. He writes about the frauds that happened throughout the land boom that shockingly prompted led to Florida’s demise. A fascinating part for me was when I learned how there were so many key factors that caused Florida not become a California 2.0 such as two deadly hurricanes occurring at a delicate time. The Florida Land Boom of the 1920s additionally incorporates numerous photos during that time, for example, advertisements promoting Florida, Florida’s eminent cities, and people who changed Florida for better or worse. It’s extremely evident that Turner did a massive research on this subject since this book is filled with information that was hidden, or perhaps lost, from the general public. Turner used many resources when he was composing The Florida Land Boom of the 1920s which makes us, the readers, trust that his book is reliable.
Although Florida will continue to experience land booms in future years, that which occurred in the Roaring Twenties will forever remain a remarkable and colorful chapter in the state’s storied past. – Gregg M. Turner
In general, personally, the book was somewhat exhausting for me. It just was not my kind of book. Numerous historians and history lovers would completely love The Florida Land Boom of the 1920s, however, this book is not for everyone. I believe it’s a type of book that few individuals like to peruse as a result of the subject. Despite the fact that I did not like this book that much because of my own taste, this book is amazingly written. A person that wants to know about the Florida land boom in the 1920s will be totally fulfilled since you will learn so much from this book. The Florida Land Boom of the 1920s is a very enriching read; it was just not my cup of tea.