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Miami Babylon A Tale of Crime Wealth and Power

Here in all its neon colored cocaine fueled glory is the never before told story of the making of Miami Beach Gerald Posner author of the groundbreaking investigations Case Closed and Why America Slept has uncovered the hair raising political financial criminal history of the Beach and reveals a tale that in the words of one character makes Scarface look like a documentary From its beginnings in the 1890s the Beach has been a place made by visionaries and hustlers During Prohibition Al Capone had to muscle into its bootlegging and gambling businesses After December 1941 when the Beach was the training ground for half a million army recruits even the war couldn't stop the party After a short postwar boom the city's luck gave out The big hotels went bankrupt the crime rate rose and the tourists moved on to Disney World and the Caribbean Even after the B. It was interesting there was just SO MUCH

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Each hosted both national political conventions in 1972 nobody would have imagined that this sandy backwater of run down hotels and high crime would soon become one of the country's most important cultural centersBut in 1981 125000 Cubans arrived by the boatload The empty streets of South Beach lined with dilapidated Art Deco hotels were about to be changed irrevocably by the culture of money that moved in behind cocaine and crime Posner takes us inside the intertwined lives of politicians financiers nightclub owners and real estate developers who have fed the Beach's unuenchable desire for wealth flash and hype the German playboy who bought the entire tip of South Beach with 100 million of uestionable money; the mayoral candidate who said If you can't take their money drink their liuor mess with their women and then vote against them you aren't cut o. Review is for the Audible versionI was not impressed The first few chapters started out very promising diving into interesting history of an early boom and bust Cubans fleeing Castro for Miami and some backstory into how Florida was settled I wouldn t say the writing was great but it was interesting content But as the book progressed it shifted to modern history which could have been interesting if it weren t so focused on real estate development Literally whole chapters talking about real estate developers and their fights with city hall just not very interesting and hard to follow the characters on Audible

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Ut for politics; the Staten Island thug who became king of the South Beach nightclubs only to have his empire unravel and saved himself by testifying against the mob; the campaign manager who calls himself the Prince of Darkness and got immunity from prosecution in a fraud case by cooperating with the FBI against his colleagues; and the former Washington DC developer who played hardball with city hall and became the Beach's first black hotel ownerFrom the mid level coke dealers and their suitcases of cash to the uestionable billions that financed the ocean view condo towers the Beach has seen it all Posner's singular report tells the real story of how this small urban beach community was transformed into a world class headuarters for American culture within a generation It is a story built by dreamers and schemers And a steroid injected cautionary tal. Miami Babylon A Tale of Crime Wealth and Power by Gerald Posner pp 320A fascinating 100 year history of Miami Beach Florida through the lens of power and corruption Posner relates the many boom and bust cycles that have defined the now hugely popular vacation destination Miami Beach s history is the story of many men with aspirations of personal fiefdoms and urban planning of personal playgrounds The various waves of controlling parties and interests from the 1920s Members Only Northern Whites to the aged Jewish population the cocaine smugglers the Cuban immigrants the foreign money men and the Hollywood excess paint a fascinating picture of what a plurality of minority groups with special interests can do when there are few laws being enforced and fast money to be made The book is both sad and amazing The lax view of corruption is stunning and makes New York and Chicago politicians look boring Highly recommended for people in architectural planning the history of styles built razed renewed and built fresh again with such speed is worth the read Those expecting a parade of celebrity escapades to amuse will be very disappointed Well researched well told The book could only be made better with photographic history alongside the words


10 thoughts on “Miami Babylon A Tale of Crime Wealth and Power

  1. says:

    “Miami Babylon” by Gerald Posner published by Simon SchusterCategory – HistoryCrime Publication Date – October 13 2009Most o

  2. says:

    I gave up on this book While the first third was interesting inasmuch as it dealt with the founding of Miami Beach and subseuent events up to the eighties thereafter the narrative became mired in the minutiae of developers and their

  3. says:

    It was interesting there was just SO MUCH

  4. says:

    Review is for the Audible versionI was not impressed The first few chapters started out very promising diving into interesting history of an early boom and bust Cubans fleeing Castro for Miami and some backstory into how Florida was settled I wouldn't say the writing was great but it was interesting content But as the book progressed it shifted to modern history which could have been interesting if it weren't so focused on real

  5. says:

    The good The wild west Colombian cocaine murders Griselda Bobby Weinstein Don Aronow sections The Miami Beach club section w Ingrid

  6. says:

    The rich are despicable tells you an opportunist who happens to write about any conspiracy as long as it will make him money Ironic

  7. says:

    Miami Babylon A Tale of Crime Wealth and Power by Gerald Posner pp 320A fascinating 100 year history of Miami Beach Florida through the lens of power and corruption Posner relates the many boom and bust cycles that have defined the now hugely popular vacation destination Miami Beach’s history is the story of many men with aspirations of personal fiefdoms and urban planning of personal playgrounds The various

  8. says:

    A lot of interesting facts such as how development of the beach was started how it continued Also it was fascinating learni

  9. says:

    I have a real problem with how this book was written from a factual perspective So many of the stories that he passes along in relation to the drug trade are spurious at best Additionally his facts are incorrect A

  10. says:

    A history of Miami Beach real estate There are interesting episodes on the explosion of cheap cocaine and the arrival of thousands of Cubans in 1980 a far bigger immigration than I realized but the book shortly settles into a catalogue of real estate dealing Posner has nailed the city's disease; the power struct

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