The Pope and the Dirty War – David Sheinin Examines the Evidence

Broad speculation has surrounded the new Pope, Francis I, and his connection to the Argentinian Dirty War. Author David Sheinin's book, Consent of the Damned: Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War, examines how Argentine civilians and foreign powers ignored and even abetted the state's vicious crimes against humanity. Here, he gives his own perspective on the dispute … Continue reading The Pope and the Dirty War – David Sheinin Examines the Evidence

Gary Monroe Considers the Fate of Silver Springs

Florida's vanishing springs, an ongoing concern for the state, have been a hot topic in the news again recently. In this guest post, beloved UPF author and Florida native, Gary Monroe, responds to the state's intention to reclaim Silver Springs from Festival Fun Parks and attempt to prevent further environmental degradation of the natural wonder. The Fate of … Continue reading Gary Monroe Considers the Fate of Silver Springs

The President Often Lost in Lincoln’s Shadow

James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War Edited by John W. Quist and Michael J. Birkner Pubdate: 3/19/2013 In 1856, four years before the towering figure of Lincoln, Americans chose James Buchanan to provide the leadership that might calm sectional tensions and prevent the shattering of the nation. Many people think Buchanan failed to … Continue reading The President Often Lost in Lincoln’s Shadow

The Land Ponce de Leon Found: La Florida Symposium Celebrates State’s 500th Anniversary

LA FLORIDA A VIVA FLORIDA 500 SPECIAL EVENT! JOIN US ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6 On Saturday, April 6, coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast, University Press of Florida (UPF) welcomes the public to attend La Florida, a commemorative symposium considering the world, culture and environment encountered … Continue reading The Land Ponce de Leon Found: La Florida Symposium Celebrates State’s 500th Anniversary

Green Gardening! Florida Vegetables from Seed to Table

Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida By Ginny Stibolt and Melissa Contreras Pubdate: 3/12/13 The farm-to-table movement has gained incredible traction over the last several years as people demand fresher, safer food. At the same time, many of us are actively seeking cost-effective ways to combat rising food costs. What better way to address … Continue reading Green Gardening! Florida Vegetables from Seed to Table

Searching for Middle Ground in Tea Party Territory

The Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority By Barbara Olschner Pubdate: 3/19/13 Reviewers have found this new release, a first-hand account of one Republican's failed race for Congress in the Florida Panhandle, stimulating, refreshing, and deeply revealing of the current flaws in not only the Grand Ole Party, but the political system as a … Continue reading Searching for Middle Ground in Tea Party Territory

Architecture of the Soul

Heart and Soul of Florida: Sacred Sites and Historic Architecture by Elsbeth Gordon Pubdate: 3/12/13 Florida's built monuments provide a sweeping visual history of the Sunshine State. Elsbeth Gordon considers landmarks ranging from burial mounds and frontier houses to preserved historic civic buildings like the Capitol, revealing the myriad ways they represent and continue to … Continue reading Architecture of the Soul