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Sins of South Beach

Sins of South Beach [Kindle Edition]

Alex Daoud
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Sins of South Beach is the true story of sex, drugs, violence, corruption, murder, and the making of Miami Beach. The book is an autobiographical portrait of one of the most spectacular renovations that any city has ever undergone, and the seedy underside that fueled its rise.

Sins of South Beach reveals the city’s renaissance, and the crime and corruption that fueled it. Alex Daoud, who served as Miami Beach’s Commissioner and Mayor from 1979 to 1991, describes in vivid, first-hand details how, as an idealistic young lawyer, he was seduced by money, power, and sex, and how that seduction led to the moral decay that nearly drove him insane.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1087 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PEGASUS PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC.; Kindle Edition 1 edition (20 Oct 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,167 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Confessional 6 Aug 2011
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I was in South Beach for two nights kicking off a holiday around Florida. I saw this book in Walgreens. There was a stand with a number of signed copies. My partner bought a copy and I downloaded the Kindle version. I'd already found Miami and South Beach in particular an intriguing place. The Art Deco buildings around South Beach are at once incongruous, sinister and beautiful. The whole place feels a little contrived and people seem like extras in a film set where something is going to happen, soon. There are tramps openly searching rubbish bins and obscenely fit, body beautiful, types posing in skin tight sportswear: "so beautiful they are ugly" I think Stephen Fry described the people of this place and "giant parrots that promise so much and deliver so little." For whatever reason I never saw the parrots. And, let's be honest things have happened in this place but nowhere near to the degree that I suspected. Before arriving my only image of Miami was memories from the TV series Miami Vice and of course the film Scarface. I had some vague idea that this was going to be a very glamorous and exciting place. On the ground it felt edgy. I am not superstitious or generally metaphysically inclined but I didn't feel altogether comfortable in my surroundings. I do not as a rule feel comfortable in the American landscape anyway. I feel dwarfed by the size of everything, especially the roads. But in South Beach I felt I could sense something sinister, make of that what you will. And this brings me to the book. I downloaded with the intention of educating myself. Despite a busy schedule I read the book in a matter of days. Did the book dispel my fears? Did it hell! What a ride. I won't summarise the book, read it for yourself. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, breathtaking and educational. 14 Aug 2013
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I think this is more than just a book. This is a conversation. As I read through the 500+ pages of this shockingly beautiful masterpiece, it didn't feel like I was reading Alex's life, it felt as if he was telling me about his experiences as commissioner and mayor of Miami Beach and all the dark and dirty secrets hidden under the foundations of the modern Ocean Drive. I found it hard to put the book down as it truly felt like you are getting to know a complete stranger. It even touches your heart in the end with an almost personal message from Alex. Buy this book, it is unique from anything you've read before and you will definitely not regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! 14 Feb 2008
By Marvin Silverman - Published on
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Sins of South Beach The True Story of Corruption, Violence and the Making of Miami Beach

This book tells the story of a newly minted lawyer, championing the poor and underrepresented denizens of a city in decline who succombs to the twin sirens of power and money to end up in federal prison after five terms as mayor of Miami Beach.

With a fast moving narrative the author take us on a ride that was impossible to get off once it left the platform. A non-fiction story that rivals any novel I have ever read. Try it you will be blown away by the authors honest telling of a real life fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sins of South Beach 6 Sep 2008
By W. Pearson - Published on
Unlike the other reviewers, I cringed when reading this book and had to put it down two or three times before I finished reading it. It is filled with such raw emotion and undeniable passion that scream off the page to anyone who has ever been idealistic or ambitious or both. A cautionary tale of the company we keep and (despite our precautions) the inevitability and randomness of fate. This book forces an understanding of how close we all come to the abyss in which Alex wound up. But above all, Sins of South Beach is a great dispassionate book of the economic development of South Beach, enjoyable regardless of anyone's political and moral views.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Book That is a Real Page Turner 20 July 2008
By R. Hilliard - Published on
I was around for a significant portion of this book. At the time, I was a reporter who covered Alex's fall from grace, so, much of what was in this book was a trip down memory lane. It is a very fast read. Because this story has everything: money, corruption, sex, drugs, violence, power and South Beach, it would make a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tantalizing thriller 11 July 2008
By Roy T. Gelber - Published on
As a former criminal judge who knows the area and what happened in those crazy wild boat lift days this book was fascinating and I could not put Sins of South Beach down. It gives a rare behind the scenes look at how a city dealt with so many problems while at the same time the sad downfall of someone who could have become governor. For those who lived through the era or have been to South Beach for a visit this is a must read. It should be given out by the airlines with each ticket for Miami.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read 7 July 2008
By Jon - Published on
Just finished reading the book and was unable to put it down. It paints a graphic picture of what life was like in Miami during the 80's and beyond. It is also an inspirational story about overcoming adversity and surviving when the odds are stacked against you. Bravo Alex.

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