About the Book

‘SOUTH BEACH: Stories of a Renaissance’
Second Edition Now Available

book-cvr_hero5After a remarkable first edition sell-out, authors Charles J. Kropke and Eleanor Goldstein have published a second edition of ‘SOUTH BEACH: Stories of a Renaissance’, their lavishly illustrated landmark book published by Tropic Moon Media.

“We are very pleased with the success of “SOUTH BEACH: Stories of a Renaissance,”  which chronicles the booms, busts and civic leaders who created one of the world’s foremost travel destinations,” said Kropke. “From local residents to global travelers, everyone wants to learn about this unique resort neighborhood known for famous celebrities, trendy outdoor cafes and shops and historic Art Deco architecture.”

The co-authors recently collaborated on a new 36-minute video of the same name that traces the evolution of South Beach from the days of the early pioneers to today’s glamorous oceanfront resort. Produced by Eleanor Goldstein and narrated by Kropke, the new DVD features historic photos as well as colorful present-day South Beach scenes. The DVD, which retails for $19.95, and the hardcover book, priced at $49.95, are available on Amazon.com and on this website. They will also be sold at bookstores, tourism bureaus, airports, and local shops.

Kropke is expecting a warm reception for the book’s second edition at independent bookstores, like Coral Gables-based Books and Books. “Locally, it’s been a best seller in the travel category for the past two years,” he said. “Our book has also received a tremendous response from meeting planners, businesses and other groups as a souvenir edition for conventions, trade shows and other events.”

Since the first edition of “SOUTH BEACH: Stories of a Renaissance” was published in 2011, the locally written and hardcover publication has won rave reviews from booksellers, travel planners, readers and civic organizations.

In 2012, the Miami Beach Design Preservation League (MDPL) selected “South Beach: Stories of a Renaissance” as its feature book for MDPL Reads, a community reading program. The coffee-table book was also featured during Art Deco Weekend, an annual event organized by MDPL that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road and the other storied streets of South Beach. In addition, co-author Kropke was recently recognized by the Dade Heritage Trust.

“The book is a treasure trove of original stories, beautiful photos and original artwork that brings South Beach to life,” said Goldstein, noting it took more than two years of interviews and research to create the book. “We have featured the people who transformed the empty, mosquito-infested island of the early 1900s into the most recognized international resort in the world.”

For “South Beach: Stories of a Renaissance,” Kropke interviewed more than four dozen influential leaders of South Beach, and their stories fill the 244-page hardcover book, whose cover reflects the area’s signature teal and yellow colors. Illustrated with 150 full-color images including four double-page gatefolds, the book features the original artwork of acclaimed Delray Beach painter and photographer Joe Davis. Added Goldstein, “Our book is a beautiful addition to the existing literature of Florida history.”

To order a copy, please email Tim Jefferson at tim@southbeachstories.com or call him at 305.740.3363.