Press Release - Signing at the Miami Book Fair

MIAMI BEACH, FL (November 1, 2008) – Sins of South Beach (second edition), former three-time Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud's autobiographical portrait of one of the most spectacular renovations that any city has ever undergone, is the story of the rise and fall of Miami Beach.

The story illustrates the city's renaissance and the crime and corruption that fueled it. Daoud, who served as Miami Beach's Commissioner and Mayor from 1979 to 1991, describes in vivid (and involving second edition), first-hand detail how as an idealistic young lawyer, he was seduced by money, power and sex, and how that seduction led to the moral decay that nearly drove him insane.

Sins of South Beach depicts the era when "cocaine cowboys" slaughtered each other in drug wars and refugees from the Mariel Boatlift, many released by Fidel Castro from his worst jails and insane asylums, terrorized the predominately elderly Jewish population of Miami Beach. The book identifies South Florida's ruling elite and dives into the details of the drug industry explosion and the cash available to fuel large land deals. Readers of Sins of South Beach will get an insider's view of the labor pains and controversial immigration issues Miami Beach experienced during its rebirth.

DAY/DATE: Saturday November, 15th, 2008-11-15
TIME: 10:00 am
PLACE: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave, Miami, FL 33132
ROOM: Room 3410
PHONE: 786-346-3456

Described by New York Times best-selling author Steven Gaines as an "astonishing exposé on Miami Beach by one of the city's most beloved mayors", the revelations in this must-read are stunning. From sex, corruption, and police misconduct, to villains and heroes, the novel leaves nothing on the table. For more information, please visit

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