Book Review: ‘Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades’ by Laura A. Ogden

Being a native Floridian who has grown up on the edge of the Everglades, I found the subject matter in this book to be quite compelling.

Swamplife was more than just “pretty interesting”. I ended up reading it over the course of two days because it was hard to put down.

Between the tales of the infamous Ashley Gang and reading about what life was like for the people of the Everglades before everyone else moved down here, I was thoroughly engaged.

Anthropology has always been a subject I’ve enjoyed but never have I come across a book that was just about the area I grew up in, at least nothing this specific.

Swamplife really covered a lot in 200 pages and I was impressed with not just the quantity of information but also the quality.

If anyone is interested in reading about the original South Floridians and how they tamed one of the harshest environments in the world and found a way to survive and thrive in it, this is definitely a book worth your time.

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