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Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World Paperback – 17 Nov 2016

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Open Market edition (17 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509837299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509837298
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,256,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Johnson entertainingly shows how appetites for spices led to international exploration and colonial empires and how the ornamentation of fashion and jewelry spurred technological innovation and industry. He tells of the social revolutions that were hatched in taverns and coffeehouses, public spaces distinctly different from those where one worked, lived, or worshipped, and he suggests that commerce and consumption were not byproducts of the Industrial Revolution but driving forces. Johnson also shows the darker sides of colonial empires built on spices and of the shopping mall, which catered to consumption while threatening the inner city. There's an infectious spirit of delight in the prose, which matches the themes in a book that will engage even those not entirely convinced by its thesis to take a look from a different perspective. Kirkus Review (starred) In this charming study, Johnson (How We Got to Now) examines how the seemingly frivolous and unproductive aspects of society - the things people do for fun, pleasure, and entertainment - have influenced, defined, and created the world... In an entertaining and accessible style, he takes tangents that arrive at sometimes startling conclusions, like a magician practicing misdirection Publishers Weekly (starred)

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The writer described as the ‘Darwin of technology’ presents an intertwined history of recreation and innovation, arguing that humans have always found the future in fun --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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