Jan C's Reviews > Twilight at the World of Tomorrow : Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War

Twilight at the World of Tomorrow  by James Mauro
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Feb 23, 2018

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bookshelves: ny, wwii, true-crime, 2018

I ran kind of hot and cold on this one. There were interesting factoids - I had no idea that Heinz started as a pickle king! Or that Einstein wasn't asked to assist on the Manhattan Project because some nut jobs determined/decided that he would not be a loyal American citizen. He became a citizen during the course of the last year of the Fair.

I appreciated the machinations regarding putting on the Fair, Grover Whelan (official greeter of NYC), Robert Moses, etc. Too bad about the cops but I would have appreciated more information about the bombing, the police work to find the perpetrator - the reward is still out there, still unsolved.

I liked the description of the Futurama exhibit - I well remember going to Futurama at the 1964 New York World's Fair, at the same location.
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Reading Progress

September 1, 2010 – Started Reading
September 1, 2010 – Shelved
September 1, 2010 – Shelved as: ny
September 1, 2010 – Shelved as: wwii
September 1, 2010 – Shelved as: true-crime
February 23, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
February 23, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Jill Hutchinson Sounds interesting.

Jan C It was but I thought the author may have spent a little too much time on the NYC politics of putting on the Fair. I would have liked more information on the search for the bombers.

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