Three new books recount local history in words and photographs.
The Golden Era in St. Petersburg (History Press) by Jon Wilson, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter, focuses on the transformations of the post-World War II boom, when the city's population tripled in 18 years and forces like integration and suburban sprawl changed it forever.
The Making of St. Petersburg (History Press) by Will Michaels covers the city's history from the arrival of Spanish explorers through the world's first airline, the creation of waterfront parks and the heyday of baseball spring training,
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge (History Press) by Nevin D. Sitler and Richard N. Sitler covers the three generations of Florida's most famous span, including the disastrous 1980 accident that took down the bridge built in 1971, killing 35 travelers.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor