A master promoter who produced elaborate spectacles to sell bicyles and cars, Carl Fisher had already made a fortune and built a motor speedway in his native Indianapolis when he was seized by a vision. On a narrow spit of Florida swamp land, Fisher created Miami Beach, a tropical paradise of sand and palm trees, then masterminded a dazzling sales campaign. It worked -- until a devastating hurricane and the stock market crash of 1929 brought an end to his dreamworks.
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