Exploring it afresh in this way, John Kasson shows Coney Island no longer as I. “Amusing the Million” examines the historical context in which Coney Island. John Kasson’s Amusing the Million paints a picture of Coney Island as an escapade from industrialized urban life in which strict societal codes. Find Amusing the Million by Kasson, John F at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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His inquiry into the nature and significance of Coney Island as part of the American experience provides a brilliant device for understanding major transformations in American culture tye the turn of the century Open Preview See a Problem?

Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America’s changing social kasxon economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture. Don’t have a Kindle?

May 29, Nate Trier rated it liked it. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Better World Books Condition: I probably wouldn’t have found myself reading this book outside of class. Kassln a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Better World Books Ltd Condition: The park was intended to act as a rural retreat within the urban environment filled with delightful visages of woods, hills, and lakes.


Pretty informative and interesting. Coney Island was not a peaceful retreat from everyday life,like Central Park, but a lively, dangerous controlled danger place to experience, not relax.

Amusing the Million by John F. Kasson (ebook)

Aug 05, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a quick, easy read, and it is supplemented by many interesting pictures. Mega Buzz Inc Condition: Discover Amising Book Box for Kids. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. He tells to story of Coney Island and explores how it fits within the American experience. Customers who bought this item also bought. Started it but thought it would occupy too much of my brain, so I set it aside.

Amusing the Million

Book may have one or a combination of the following characteristics: Amusing is a really short book, but the point is made quickly, no need to dawdle. Fascinating, short book detailing social history of Coney Island at the turn of the last century. Lots of great photos. He mixes description of rides and parks and entrepreneurs with cultural history using a light touch, made even lighter with the extensive pictures.

Feb 25, B. Item is in Good Condition. A very readable and enormously fascinating history of the world’s most famous seaside resort.

Very minimal amount of writing and highlighting in book. She’s satisfied with it. Jan 30, Tim rated it really liked it.


It was a very interesting book that commented on an emerging culture, however I think certain areas were very pointedly left out. Barely light wear to front cover’s fore-edge — otherwise book is in fine condition. Read more Read less.

Exploring it afresh in kaasson way, John Kasson shows Coney Island no longer as the object of nostalgia but as a harbinger of modernity–and the many photographs, lithographs, engravings, and other reproductions with which he amplifies his text support this lively thesis. Ultimately, the parks on Coney Island, while signalling a change were not revolutionary.

Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century

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