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Les Standiford

Autor(a) de Naked Came the Manatee

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About the Author

Les Standiford is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. He has lived in Miami since 1981. Les Standiford is a historian and author. He has been awarded the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a mostrar mais National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and belongs to the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of America, and the Writers Guild. Standiford's main non-fiction writings include: Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America; The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits; Washington Burning: How a Frenchman's Vision for Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army; Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America; and Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean. The last title was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. His fiction novels include: Done Deal; Raw Deal; Black Mountain; Bone Key; and Havana Run. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Les Standiford

Naked Came the Manatee (1997) — Contribuidor — 672 exemplares
Done Deal (1993) 74 exemplares
Miami Noir (2006) — Editor — 63 exemplares
Black Mountain (2000) 56 exemplares
Presidential Deal (1998) 53 exemplares
Bone Key (2002) 51 exemplares
Raw Deal (1994) 47 exemplares
Havana Run (2003) 43 exemplares
Deal on Ice: A Novel (1997) 40 exemplares
Deal to Die for (1995) 39 exemplares
Deal with the Dead (2001) 39 exemplares
Spill (1991) 39 exemplares
Miami Noir: The Classics (2020) — Editor — 24 exemplares
Book Deal (2002) 10 exemplares
Une rose pour Johnny Deal (2000) 2 exemplares
Johnny Deal (1995) 1 exemplar
Ancient Rain 1 exemplar

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Most histories of the American Revolution I've read are focused on the armed conflict; instead, this book focuses on the years leading up to the war. As the British government instituted new taxes, new groups, sometimes called Sons of Liberty, emerged in the American colonies. These men, fed up with taxation, pursued what some might think an extreme (and potentially. treasonous) path. They made prominent community members agree not to collect taxes, they dumped tea into harbors, and they put British troops into situations likely to lead to violence. Eventually, the dynamic they created helped cause a wider conflict. Overall, an interesting read focused on a part of the American Revolution that deserves more attention.… (mais)
wagner.sarah35 | Jan 20, 2024 |
Kiri | 23 outras críticas | Dec 24, 2023 |
DNF @ 21% - I had to abandon this book at 21% and here is why. First of all, there was a lot of circus history, which was awesome. BUT the big things for me were:
1) I'm 1/5th of the way in, and the three big names have barely been mentioned. I just finished reading about James Bailey, but there were only mere mentions of P.T. Barnum and John Ringling so far.
2) The very clinical and monotone writing style just didn't keep my interest.
3) There's a lot of USA-specific history, and I'm Canadian so I just don't care much about US history.
4) This book wasn't what I thought it would be, it was a lot of history and facts, and I thought it would be more about Barnum, Bailey and Ringling, and how they were competing in the circus industry. It's of course important to know the history of it all, but I'm just not a history buff and I'd much rather have gotten a quick introduction to how the concept of a circus got started, how they travelled, things they endured, then move right into the 3 main "Ringmasters" and more stuff about them.

I did find the history about the animals, and how the circuses had to travel, and how they setup interesting, so I may come back to this in the future and try to continue it.
… (mais)
filemanager | 5 outras críticas | Nov 29, 2023 |
Interesting book about the history of Palm Beach, FL from the early development by Mr. Flagler until Trump bought Mar-a-Lago.
MrDickie | 8 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |



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