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What's Rick Baker reading?

Rick Baker is in his final year as mayor of St. Petersburg. Although he says he has not decided what he'll do next, he has been mentioned as a possible candidate for statewide office. He is the author of Mangroves to Major League, a history of St. Petersburg.

What is on your nightstand?

The Brutal Journey by Paul Schneider, Legacy of Leadership: Florida Governors and Their Inaugural Speeches by Patricia Lasche Clements and, although I rarely read a book twice, I just reread The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald. It's just a great history of the Everglades. The interesting part of Schneider's book, which is about a Spanish conquistador landing in this area in the 1500s, is that it includes Jungle Prada. I plan to update Mangroves to Major League to include Florida history, and these books have helped.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

What's Rick Baker reading? 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 4:30am]
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