World's fairs have traditionally been the yarstick by which nations measure their industrial rank and inventiveness. They are open forums for participating countries to show off their most crowning achievements. While other books on individual fairs exist, WORLD'S FAIRS, by historian and collector Erik Mattie, is the first illustrated volume to present an international history of the most notable world exhibitions. This book represents no less than 150 years of humankind's most outstanding accomplishments in architecture, design, technology, and industry. Nearly 30 fairs are examined, including the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London in 1851, New York's World's Fairs of 1939 and 1964, and the upcoming fair in Hanover in 2000.