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1939: The Lost World of the Fair
1939 The Lost World of the Fair
Author: David Gelernter
In 1939, exhausted by a decade-long depression, Americans faced a brewing European conflict that would prove to be the most destructive war in history. At this dark juncture, a World's Fair was held in New York City that evoked such acute hope in its promise of a glorious future that a whole generation was drawn to it and transformed by its ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380727483
ISBN-10: 038072748X
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 418
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 3
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This book may not be everyone's cup of tea but I love to learn history through historical novels. Gelernter makes clear that even during the darkest days of the 1930s when economic hardship and the rise of dictatorships around the world so threatened the idea of a free nation, there was also great hope in a better future through technology. From television to wonder drugs, a utopia seemed within reach. Gelernter weaves exhaustive detail about the fair into his novel and at times I found it almost too much.

I now have a different perspective on the 30s and new thoughts about the dilemmas of today. Much to think about, thanks to this book.


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