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Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair…

Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of…

by Joseph Tirella

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Excellent narrative about how the New York World's Fair of 1964 fit into the overall social milieu of the era. Weaves the stories of Civil Rights, the Beatles and Dylan, and religious issues of the day into Robert Moses' vision of hosting the Fair and reinventing New York City. ( )
  VGAHarris | Jan 19, 2015 |
In 1964 my family (along with a lot of the other families we knew) traveled to New York City for the World's Fair, the latest in a series of spectacular exhibitions that seem to have disappeared from the world's stage. This book not only gives the history of the development of the fair (seemingly the last egomaniacal act of New York City's "master builder" Robert Moses) but also juxtapositions it with the events of the day: the civil rights struggle, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the rise of the pop culture of the decade and the war on poverty and crime.

Deftly told with profiles of the major players of the day, this is a fascinating study of a world that seems like it was just yesterday, but is rapidly fading into history. ( )
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Motivated by potentially turning Flushing Meadows, literally a land of refuse, into his greatest public park, Robert Moses--New York's "Master Builder"--brought the World’s Fair to the Big Apple for 1964 and ’65. Though considered a financial failure, the 1964-65 World’s Fair was a Sixties flashpoint in areas from politics to pop culture, technology to urban planning, and civil rights to violent crime.

     In an epic narrative, Tomorrow-Land shows the astonishing pivots taken by New York City, America, and the world during the Fair. It fetched Disney’s empire from California and Michelangelo’s La Pieta from Europe; and displayed flickers of innovation from Ford, GM, and NASA--from undersea and outerspace colonies to personal computers. It housed the controversial work of Warhol (until Governor Rockefeller had it removed); and lured Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Meanwhile, the Fair--and its house band, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians--sat in the musical shadows of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, who changed rock-and-roll right there in Queens. And as Southern civil rights efforts turned deadly, and violent protests also occurred in and around the Fair, Harlem-based Malcolm X predicted a frightening future of inner-city racial conflict.

     World’s Fairs have always been collisions of eras, cultures, nations, technologies, ideas, and art. But the trippy, turbulent, Technicolor, Disney, corporate, and often misguided 1964-65 Fair was truly exceptional.

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Explores how the New York World's Fair embodied the cultural and political changes in New York, the United States, and the world during the decade of the 1960s.

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