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Wonderland
How Play Made the Modern World
By (author): Steven Johnson
9780399184482 Hardcover English General/trade Nov 15, 2016
$40.00 CAD
Active 6.38 x 9.25 x 1.13 in | 1.66 lb 336 pages 75 4-COLOR PIECES OF ART Riverhead Riverhead Books
HISTORY / World
The New York Times bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From explores the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained.

This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused.

Johnson’s storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows.

Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

MULTI-PLATFORM PROMOTION: Johnson has partnered with major organizations and outlets to drive sales of this new book. Highlights include a Microsoft-sponsored Wonderland podcast in the four months leading up to publication to drive pre-orders, a special TED documentary built around the book and timed to its publication, and the second season in 2017 of the PBS documentary series that made Steven Johnson and How We Got to Now household names.

A PATTERN OF IMMEDIATE SUCCESS: How We Got to Now debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list before the PBS series tied to the book even aired. The release of the new book is timed to maximize sales from holiday gift giving and major media coverage.

BEAUTIFUL PACKAGE: As in How We Got to Now, the ideas in this book are illustrated with full-color photographs and paintings throughout.

APPEALING NEW ARGUMENT: This isn’t just a How We Got to Now sequel or tie-in. While the PBS series will borrow content from the book and mention it in the opening credits, Wonderland stands on its own with an exciting new thesis, revealing how our pursuit of pure entertainment has always been a major driver of innovation.

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of ten books, including How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. The founder of a variety of influential websites, he is the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now. Johnson lives in Marin County, California, and Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three sons.

Author Residence: Marin, California and Brooklyn

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Author Website: StevenBerlinJohnson.com

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“A house of wonders itself…. Wonderland inspires grins and well-what-d’ya-knows” —The New York Times Book Review

“A rare gem…. Our illogical, enduring fascination with play remains one of life’s great mysteries. That is precisely what makes the subject so fascinating, and Wonderland such a compelling read.” —The Washington Post
 
“The parade of humanity Johnson presents in this lively (and generously illustrated) work leads us to the reassuring conclusion that history is often made not by nerds in lab coats, but by ingenious humans hankering for more intriguing ways to pass the time.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Johnson’s writing derives its appeal from his ability to illuminate complex ideas in unpretentious language…Johnson’s prose is nimble, his knowledge impressive…Wonderland is original and fun, as well it should be, given the subject.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

Wonderland brims with…tidbits, memorable moments, and bits of information that light up the mind….[Johnson] surprises and delights as he traces the path of how various objects of fun and fancy—mechanized dolls, follies, and music boxes—drove advances." —The Boston Globe
   
“Mr. Johnson’s narrative is crammed with elegantly told vignettes from the history of ideas…. The book is full of excellent facts.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Johnson…provides a compelling counterintuitive argument that the Industrial Revolution, democracy, and the computer age were all driven by diversions and appetites that historians too often ignore.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“In an entertaining and accessible style, he takes tangents that arrive at sometimes startling conclusions, like a magician practicing misdirection…Johnson connects the dots in a way that sheds new light on everyday concepts.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Johnson is a master storyteller, weaving disparate elements together into a rich and seamless tapestry of technology and human history.” —Booklist (starred review)

“An engaging survey full of unexpected connections that readers of a historical or sociological bent will find particularly riveting.” —Library Journal

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