TWILIGHT AT THE WORLD OF TOMORROW ~ Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World\'s Fair on the Brink of War
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|Title||TWILIGHT AT THE WORLD OF TOMORROW ~ Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World\'s Fair on the Brink of War|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
With the Great Depression subsiding and Europe headed for war, New York City threw a party. It didn’t go well.The affair of the 1939 World’s Fair was “The World of Tomorrow.” Plagued by barbaric rain storms, bane calefaction waves, activity disputes, ability outages, lower-than-expected appearance and anemic revenues, the fair’s bright eyes of the approaching about managed to affect best of its 45 actor attendees, alike as they nervously captivated the account from overseas. Recounting the exposition’s wonders and woes, above Cosmopolitan controlling editor Mauro spices his adventure with tales of visiting presidents, kings, queens, politicians, sports heroes and cine stars. He affably elaborates on the fair’s movers and shakers: angry Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, arrogant and artful Parks Commissioner Robert Moses and agent Harvey Gibson, whose aimless appliance of “homey touches” to the affairs ashamed the city’s official greeter and fair president, the affected and alone Grover Whalen. Demonstrating how real-world contest intruded aloft the fair’s assertions of acidity and light, Mauro follows the careers of two policemen dead removing a bomb from the British Pavilion, and he advance the activities of Albert Einstein, a three-time Fair visitor. Voluntarily in banishment from Germany, the physicist alone his acclaimed pacifism, assembly a letter to Franklin Roosevelt admonishing about Hitler’s atomic-bomb program, a notification that eventually aggressive the Manhattan Project. Before the end of the fair’s aboriginal season, abounding of the countries represented on its area were at war. Mauro’s adventure will acceptable address to admirers of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City (2003), but readers should apperceive that the abomination aspect plays beneath heavily here.A adorable time capsule, cautiously unpacked.
The summer of 1939 was an epic turning point for America—a brief window between the Great Depression and World War II. It was the last season of unbridled hope for peace and prosperity; by Labor Day, the Nazis were in Poland. And nothing would come to symbolize this transformation from acute optimism to fear and dread more than the 1939 New York World’s Fair. A glorious vision of the future, the Fair introduced television, the fax machine, nylon, and fluorescent lights. The “World of Tomorrow,” as it was called, was a dream city built upon a notorious garbage dump—The Great Gatsby’s infamous ash heaps. Yet these lofty dreams would come crashing down to earth in just two years. From the fair’s opening on a stormy spring day, everything that could go wrong did: not just freakish weather but power failures and bomb threats.Amid the drama of the World’s Fair, four men would struggle against the coming global violence. Albert Einstein, a lifelong pacifist, would come to question his beliefs as never before. From his summer home on Long Island, he signed a series of letters to President Roosevelt urging the development of an atomic bomb—an act he would later recall as “the one great mistake in my life.”Grover Whalen, the Fair’s president, struggled in vain to win over dictators Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin, believing that his utopian vision had the power to stop their madness. And two New York City police detectives, Joe Lynch and Freddy Socha, who had been assigned to investigate a series of bomb threats and explosions that had terrorized the city for months, would have a rendezvous with destiny at the Fair: During the summer of 1940, in a chilling preview of things to come, terrorism would arrive on American shores—and the grounds of the World’s Fair. Yet behind this tragic tableau is a story as incredible as it is inspiring. With a colorful cast of supporting characters—including Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Moses, and FDR—Twilight at the World of Tomorrow is narrative nonfiction at its finest, a gripping true-life drama that not only illuminates a forgotten episode of the nation’s past but shines a probing light upon its present and its future.
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