New Book on Fred Thompson and Coney Island

Tuesday, November 6, 2001 10:23 AM
This is for anyone interested in Amusement Park history and placing such history into a greater context of American history.  I came across an uncorrected proof from Oxford University Press today at work for a new historical monograph on Fred Thompson and Coney Island called The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of the Amusement Park by Woody Register.  I am very exciting for as a history major, I always wondered if there were any scholarly studies on the topic I love so much, and now I have it.  In addition to showing the development of Coney Island, the book also uses rising amusement parks to show the growth of mass marketing and corporate enterprise in the early 1900's.  There are a few pictures, but not many since this seems to be academic in origin.  The book isn't available yet -  like I said, it is still in its Uncorrected Proof form, but when it comes out I may turn it into an independent research project.  Just thought I'd let everyone know about this.
"It looks like they just decided to hang up wheat all over the park" - my friend Steve, describing the FearFest decorating at Kings Island.

*** This post was edited by MooreOn on 11/6/2001. ***

Tuesday, November 6, 2001 11:43 AM
Sounds a lot more interesting than the rise of the super market. ;)
Yeeee Haaawwww!

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