[United States] : Tantor Audio, 2019.
9 sound discs (600 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Looking at the island of Palm Beach today, with its unmatched mansions, tony shops, and pristine beaches, one is hard pressed to visualize the dense tangle of Palmetto brush and mangroves that it was when visionary entrepreneur and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler first arrived there in April 1893. Trusting his remarkable instincts, within less than a year he had built the Royal Poinciana Hotel, and two years later what was to become the legendary Breakers, instantly establishing the island as the preferred destination for those who could afford it. Over the next 125 years, Palm Beach has become synonymous with exclusivity, especially its most famous residence, Mar-a-Lago. With the authority and narrative prose style that has gained his work widespread acclaim, Les Standiford tells the history of this fabled landscape intertwined with the colorful lives of its famous protagonists.