Cold War in South Florida Historic Research Study
Cold War in South Florida Historic Research Study, Steve Hatch, 2004, no ISBN but published by the Cultural Resources Division/Southeast Regional Office/National Park Service/USA, 101 pp.
While perusing through the bookshop at the Everglades National Park Visitor’s Center I happened upon information treasure repository regarding the history of the Cold War in this part of Florida, the Miami and Homestead area including Florida Bay and the Florida Keys. Bound with a black spiral this book has text, figures and photos of this dimension of the Cold War era and catalogues sites that I have unwittingly driven by or unknowingly bypassed all these many years — their numbers seem nearly legion — this book serves well as a one book source. Photos as well as figured are plentiful and uncommonly seen elsewhere.
Former military installations are described, often in detail, ranging from HAWK and Nike Hercules missile installations to the training grounds used by covert as well as unsanctioned military groups. The text is well written in an easily understandable conversational style that is efficient and without hyperbole. Descriptions of the political events, as well as exiled and expatriated Cubans are done evenly in a professional briefing like style.
The footnotes, section on sources and suggested further research, as well as the bibliography can be used to jump-start a college level class quite easily — or be useful to any person seriously interested in this Cold War aspect. The three page list of acronyms and their meanings also is extremely valuable. Cold War in South Florida Historic Research Study is also well indexed.
Historical photos of the people, equipment and aerial views provide more than sufficient context to the information presented to best understand what the Cold War was like to live back in the day for South Florida.