Thorndike Press

Wonderland

  • Steven Johnson
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  • ISBN-10: 1524709859
  • ISBN-13: 9781524709853
  • DDC: 790.1
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • Paperback
  • Published/Released November 2016
  • Bestsellers

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About

Overview

A New York Times Bestseller

This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused.

Johnson’s storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“Johnson is a master storyteller, weaving disparate elements together into a rich and seamless tapestry of technology and human history.”

— Booklist (starred)

“In an entertaining and accessible style, he takes tangents that arrive at sometimes startling conclusions, like a magician practicing misdirection . . . Johnson connects the dots in a way that sheds new light on everyday concepts.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“An engaging survey full of unexpected connections that readers of a historical or sociological bent will find particularly riveting.”

— Library Journal