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Introducing an updated edition of Life and Death on the Loxahatchee and some rare “home movies” narrated by Trapper Vince Nelson’s nephew, Phil Celmer, who spent summers at Trapper's legendary river camp.
James Snyder Author Bio
Award-winning author James D. Snyder was raised in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and The George Washington University graduate school of political science. He spent many years in Washington, DC as a magazine editor and publisher before moving to South Florida and becoming an author.
Snyder lives in Tequesta on the Loxahatchee River. He has served on the boards of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Loxahatchee River District, the Florida Historical Commission and Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Books by Jim Snyder, all available in print or eBook format:
All God's Children: How the First Christians Challenged the Roman World and Shaped the Next 2000 Years. An historical novel. 2000, 680 pp.
Black Gold and Silver Sands: A Pictorial History of Agriculture in Palm Beach County. 2004, 224 pp, 205 photos. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Amelia’s Gold: A story of romance, ruin, resolve and redemption in the American Civil War. An historical novel. A young woman overcomes challenges with courage and pluck. 2020, 368 pp.
La Florida: How the Spanish 'Discovered' Florida, and a Proud Native Nation. 2021, 378 pp. Winner of the Florida Historical Society's Patrick Smith Award for best book on historical fiction.
The Faith and the Power. A chronological history of the early Christians in the turbulent forty years after the crucifixion and how they confronted the Roman Empire in the darkest days of its debauchery. Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for the best book on religion, 2004.
Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, A Pictorial History of Jupiter-Tequesta, FL. 224 pp. Over 200 photos and maps. Sponsored by the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Newly revised and re-released in 2019.
Life and Death on the Loxahatchee. The story of Trapper Nelson, a real-life Tarzan who fascinated a generation in South Florida. 156 pp. Silver medal award for the best book on Florida history, Florida Authors and Publishers Association, 2002.
A Light in the Wilderness: The Story of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the Southeast Florida Frontier. How it grew from 600 settlers in 1850 with help from a lighthouse, some steamboats and a very short-line railroad. 2006, 288 pp.
A Trip Down the Loxahatchee. The history and beauty of the Wild and Scenic Florida river as seen through the eyes of 52 leading painters and photographers. 2015, 160 pages, 162 images.