This book provides an overview of world's fairs at the turn of the millennium. It describes the nature of fairs, shows how they have evolved, and considers where our fairs may be headed. The author demonstrates how in varying degrees fairs have tried to cope with the progress/environment issue, and suggests how they (and by implication the society as a whole) can do a better job of it in the future.
About the Author:
Alfred Heller's first world's fair was the prewar Golden Gate International Exposition, on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. In 1998 he visited Lisbon Expo 98, his fifteenth international expo.
After graduating from Stanford in 1950 with a degree in English, he served as an army officer in Korea, taught high-school English and published a small-town weekly in the Mother Lode country of his native state. In the 1960s he founded the California Tomorrow organization, an early and influential voice in the state's environmental movement. His first book, The California Tomorrow Plan, was published in 1972.
From 1981 to 1995, Heller was the publisher and editor of the quarterly magazine World's Fair. In the process of reporting on fairs for the magazine, he became closely acquainted with their managers and exhibitors, their workings and their complex purposes. The current volume combines his lifelong interest in the two pursuits-international expositions and the environment.
|Publisher:||World's Fair, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.62(d)|
What People are Saying About This
Thought-provoking.filled with wry tales about the half-hearted moves expos have made away from the progress-at-any-price attitudes of the past. In a way, it's the story of industrial civilization. Huzzah for the ecology-minded proposal for Expo 2015 in San Francisco!
An invaluable account of humanity's most important festivals, set amid the powerful political, social and environmental currents of our time. Alfred Heller has an insider's knowledge of what makes world's fairs tick.
Alfred Heller has produced the most fascinating and important book on world's fairs in more than a decade.
A beautifully written book, insightful with respect to the trends in popular culture that fairs express, and well illustrated. I recommend it highly.