James C. Clark
Since the time Andrew Jackson came to fight Indians when La Florida was still a Spanish colony, U.S. Presidents have played a major role in shaping Florida, whether waging wars, protecting the environment, seeking votes, or just drawing media attention to the state's attractions. In his latest book, Presidents in Florida: How the Presidents Have Shaped Florida and How Florida Has Influenced the Presidents (Pineapple Press, $12.95), James C. Clark examines the impact presidents and the sunshine states have had on each other. Clark is also the author of Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: The 1950 Florida Senate Primary (University Press of Florida, $29.95) about the vicious, bare-knuckled campaign between Claude Pepper and George Smathers. Clark is former editor of Orlando magazine, teaches history at the University of Central Florida.