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War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

War in Paradise by Eliot Kleinberg

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany’s U-Boats worked with impunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida’s very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases, and airfields increased from 8 to 172 by 1943. The sleepy southern state became one of the nation’s hotspots, and Florida would never be the same.

Eliot Kleinberg spent more than four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to covering local news, he wrote extensively about Florida and its history. He produced two history columns and more than a dozen books about the state. He also runs a blog on bad writing and how to fix it called Something Went Horribly Wrong.

Attendees can enter the library through the main entrance on M Street and library staff will direct you to the Gallery Room for the presentation. Attendees are invited to come early at 6:30 pm for light bites and drinks. Parking is available on M Street, Lucerne Avenue, and in the parking lot off Lake Avenue. Attendees who need additional mobility assistance should contact the historical society to arrange an alternate access point.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Historical Society of Lake Worth. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

November 21 @ 7:00 pm -
November 21 @ 8:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Eliot Kleinberg, Author & Journalist
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Event Contact:

Judy Reed
(561) 632-9044

Event Venue:

Lake Worth Beach City Library
15 N M St.
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
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Venue Phone:
(561) 632-9044

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