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Tomorrow-land

The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America
Tirella, Joseph (Book - 2014 )
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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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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, the New York Times bestseller 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.


This New York Times bestseller is a vivid account of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City, a spectacle that embodied the innovation, lunacy, hope, and fear of a dramatic twenty-first century decade—and one that pitted Robert Moses vs. Andy Warhol, brought the vision of Walt Disney together with the Merry Pranksters, featured an Audio-Animatronic Abraham Lincoln and real-life LBJ in the midst of the Civil Rights struggle, and featured much, much more. Tomorrow-Land entertains, informs, and illustrates how the 1964-65 World’s Fair—inside its gates and just outside its gates—represents the cultural and political pivots taken by New York City, America, and the world during the 1960s.


Authors: Tirella, Joseph
Statement of Responsibility: Joseph Tirella
Title: Tomorrow-land
the 1964-65 World's Fair and the transformation of America
Characteristics: 355 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-346) and index
Contents: Part One. The Greatest Single Event in History
Part Two. Something New
Part Three. Bringing It All Back Home
Epilogue: Tomorrow Never Knows
Subject Headings: New York World's Fair (1964-1965 : New York, N.Y.) History Technological innovations United States History 20th century Social change United States History 20th century Political culture United States History 20th century United States Social life and customs 20th century United States Social conditions 20th century United States Politics and government 20th century
Topical Term: Technological innovations
Social change
Political culture
Alternate Title: Tomorrow land
LCCN: 2013015055
ISBN: 9780762780358
0762780355
Branch Call Number: 607.3474 T
Research Call Number: ILH 14-3127
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