Eliot Kleinberg

Author, Journalist, Lecturer


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Author of 10 books, including Black Cloud, the upcoming Peace River and the original Weird Florida. 30-year staff writer at Palm Beach Post. Popular lecturer on all things Florida.

 Peace River

In Peace River, two men’s lives take different arcs. One descends from innocent immigrant to savage survivor. The other turns from spoiled worthlessness to merit. The paths eventually collide amid murder and the tragedy and carnage of the U.S. Civil War.
A stockyard owner forces an immigrant worker to take the place of his ne’er-do-well son. The immigrant, embittered by war and personal injustices, vows revenge, and the result is murder. The stockyard magnate, meanwhile, sends the son on a journey that changes him for the better, even as his immigrant counterpart has changed for the worse. Our reformed man confronts the ravaged South, finds love, fights his personal demons, and pursues the one person he wants to blame, and the one who blames him



Weird Florida: From cows in the Intracoastal Waterway to haunted airliners to celebrity sex scandals: it all happens in Florida. Is there a weirder state? Eliot's comedic delivery and multimedia displays leave audiences roaring.

Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care: A whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history, capped with a strong argument that Florida's biggest challenge is encouraging its transplants to become Floridians.

Hurricane! How these amazing but devastating weather machines work and have affected Florida, focusing on the great 1928 storm, subject of Eliot's award-winning Black Cloud

Florida in the Civil War? Believe it! While Florida might be the most "northern" southern state now, it played a much more strategic role than most history books let on. 

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida: From U-Boat sinkings right off Florida's coast to sprawling military bases, hear how a war a world away Changed a small corner of America to one of its most populous states.



Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, has spent four decades as a reporter, including more than 30 years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach.

In addition to covering local news, he also writes extensively about Florida and Florida history.

He has written 10 books, all focusing on Florida, including:

"Black Cloud",  on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane

Two "Weird Florida" books

And "Palm Beach Past" and "Wicked Palm Beach", both of them collections of items from "Post Time,"  his weekly local history column in the Post. “Florida Time,” covering the history of the entire state, debuted in 2019 in Gatehouse newspapers statewide.

His tenth, Peace River, his first work of fiction, is a historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.

The son of longtime prominent South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, he graduated from Miami-area public schools and the University of Florida. He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies. He and his wife are the parents of two adult sons and live in suburban Boca Raton.