Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen
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Carl Hiaasen takes you on a wide-ranging safari, observing
south Florida's wildlife in its natural habitat-from fat-
cat politicians to migrating mobsters, drowning dolphins
to stray chads. This collection of Miami Herald columns-
written with a satiric wit and biting humor-will give
Hiaasen fans a glimpse of the facts that inspire his
Harking back to the muckraking journalists of old, Hiaasen
lets readers in on the comings and goings of corrupt local
politicos, misguided tourist bureaus, and flailing sports
franchises. He tackles such current events as the Elian
Gonzalez imbroglio and the 2000 presidential election
recount. All in all, more than two hundred columns
chronicle the everyday circus that gives south Florida a
flavor and a flair all its own.
Since 1985, Hiaasen's twice-weekly, "baseball-bat-to-the-
forehead" column has given the average citizen a voice. A
staunch defender of his native state, Hiaasen isn't afraid
to take anyone on, including environmental despoilers, Big
Tobacco, and the NRA. But as proven in his first
collection of columns, Kick Ass, his righteous rage and
spirited wit resonate far beyond the Sunshine State-and
show readers a world-class journalist in his element.
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