Noted South Beach resident and author, Gerald Posner - and his wife Trisha - have written a new book - their 11th - that focuses entirely on South Beach.
The book - Miami Babylon: Crime, Wealth, and Power—A Dispatch from the Beach, will be released October 13 by Simon & Schuster. (Read an excerpt here.)
Posner gave Random Pixels an advance copy of the book - which I read cover to cover in about two sittings.
Posner also granted me the first interview regarding the book.
I've written a review of the book for MiamiBeach411.com.
Posner told me that he and Trisha worked on the book for over three years, conducting more than 200 interviews and sifting through some 20,000 pages of court documents, criminal case transcripts, records of city commission and zoning board meetings.
What he learned and put in the book is already starting to make some of Miami's movers and shakers unhappy.
And Random Pixels has learned that some events planned to coincide with the book’s release have been canceled due to pressure exerted by a few influential people who don’t like the way they’re depicted in the book.
I can also reveal that Random Pixels makes a brief but important appearance in the book.
-Gerald Posner will present and sign copies of "Miami Babylon" at an appearance at Books and Books on Lincoln Road, Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.