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Bradley D. Manard, Ed.D.

Life Lessons is a dramatic and inspiring story collection of Captain Tony Tarracino’s remarkable journey from the ghettos of Elizabeth, N.J. to becoming a living legend serving as the Mayor Emeritus of Key West.  He has made a career of being a mesmerizing storyteller, captivating personality, and Casanova of the sea.  The Captain swears like a sailor on leave yet speaks of compassion as the word we should all live by.  In Life Lessons you learn of his harrowing life on the sea, secret spy exploits as a gunrunner during the Cuban revolution, tales of the oldest bar in Florida - Captain Tony’s Saloon, being immortalized by his friend Jimmy Buffett in the song Last Mango in Paris, and Tony’s family of 13 children with eight different women.  Life Lessons captures the legendary tales and riveting lessons learned from a life of great adventure lived on the edge.

Captain Tony Tarracino — former bookie, shrimper, gunrunner, gravedigger and mayor, as well as father, husband and general legend of lust, love and lore…is like a rock star or a celebrity of sorts — people recognize him and want a little piece of who he is.

Cricket Desmarais, The Secret of Salt

Tony Tarracino, gleefully celebrates in his ornery, outspoken and utterly implacable crusade.

                                                                           New York Times

There is a legend that lives in Key West.  A man more ingrained in the island than the music of Jimmy Buffett or the writings of Ernest Hemingway…His name is Tony Tarracino.

                                             Allison Williams, Key West Citizen


The Captain Tony Story

by Captain Tony Tarracino

and Brad Manard

Life Lessons of a Legend

Captain Tony with Brad at the Key West Hospital book signing on October 28, 2008

Captain Tony and Jimmy Buffett

“Brad is the Michelangelo of Key’s literature.”

Captain Tony 10/24/08

I have to say that this book exceeded my wildest expectations! It is extremely well-written, and the descriptions and characterizations make the reader feel as if he or she is actually there in Key West with Captain Tony and Brad as the Captain shares his life and experiences with the younger Midwesterner.

Jean C. Thornton

Brad Manard

Author, Singer, Songwriter