Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden

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Miami Beach is the story of an extraordinary time and place, told through the prism of two founding families, the Wolfsons and the Okas. The authors' fathers were each mayors of Miami Beach, one in the 1940s and the other in the '50s and early '60s, and their mothers were prominent first ladies, who regularly welcomed the crème de la crème of society to their enchanting city. The Wolfsons' and Okas' exhaustive family archives provide a rich cultural, architectural, political, social, botanical, stylistic, gastronomic, geological, and poetic history of the contemporary phenomenon that is Miami Beach. At once an intimate memoir, a sprawling history, and a work of great artistic integrity, Miami Beach invites you to step back into a world so visual, mythical, and filled with family lore that its local intensity illuminates a national character.

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No other book on Miami Beach brings together Mickey Mouse, Eleanor Roosevelt, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the composer Manna Zucca, the horticulturalist Tashiro family, opera singer Renata Tebaldi; the 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, concert pianist Gina Bachauer, Maestro Leonard Bernstein, Joan Crawford, Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, Zorita the snake charmer, John Wayne, Washington politicos, haute couture fashion runways, and pre-Vegas nightlife...in a memoir that is so visual, conversational, poetic and filled with family history, that its local intensity illuminates a national character.

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Preface Miami Beach: The Past and Future Perfect

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 a position to tell them well: the Wolfsons, and the Okas. Miami Beach has long been public property, well advertised and of easy access. This book takes it into the realm of private property, thereby giving it a private reading, an intimate touch, by which Miami Beach’s strengths and absurdities are equally open to view. Through letters, a personal narrative is established that reveals Miami Beach as living experience.

The authors maintain the objectivity of anthropologists, who honor their material even as they dissect them and place it on the historical record. The book illuminates actual documents - maps, blueprints, schematics, recipes, sheet music, photographs- setting only one limitation: the use of intimate family archives. Most of the people, sights, events and structures articulated in these pages were part of the fabric of our families.

But unlike anthropologists, the authors are inseparable from what is presented. With respect and a great sense of celebration, we share our insights as to what it was like to grow up in an atmosphere that time would render mythical.

-- Michele Oka Doner and Mitchell Wolfson Jr., August 2005

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