The industrialized fun of the Ferris Wheel: "American Fun: 1 of 3: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt." by John Beckman. @AmericanFun

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The industrialized fun of the Ferris Wheel: "American Fun: 1 of 3: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt." by John Beckman. @AmericanFun

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American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt. by John Beckman. “The historian who revisits well-trodden ground must offer either something new or at least a new way of looking at it. In American Fun John Beckman does both—stringing unfamiliar episodes of U.S. history together in a new and ingenious way.” —The Washington Post “The key to this spirited and challenging book is in its subtitle: ‘joyous revolt.’ . . . American Fun provides an original perspective on how ordinary folk left a mark on the historical landscape in a way that has not received full recognition.” —Howard P. Chudacoff, The New York Times Book Review “This freewheeling history . . . richly demonstrate[s] how Americans have often blended defiance and wit with the pursuit of liberty.” —The New Yorker “This is a history of ‘a raffish national tradition that flaunted pleasure in the face of authority.’ That sort of fun has made America what it is, and it is a pleasure to read a book that explains historically this essential nature of part of the American character. . . . Fun . . . and informative to boot.” ­­­­­—Columbus Dispatch “[I]n his adventuresome new history, American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt. . . . Beckman, an English professor at the United States Naval Academy, makes a powerful case that fun may be good but should always be at least slightly less than clean.” —The Daily Beast

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