All’s Fair

The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair mirrored the turbulence of the era



By Joseph Tirella

Hardcover, 356 pages ($26.95, Globe Pequot Press)

Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, this top-notch narrative examines the roaring flashpoint of pop music, politics, Civil Rights, Vietnam, bohemian culture and other elements that made the event’s theme of “Peace Through Understanding” a tough one to follow through. With a sprawling cast, including The Beatles, Martin Luther King Jr., Andy Warhol, Lenny Bruce and the pope, Tirella’s examination of the World’s Fair becomes a prism through which a much bigger picture of a turbulent America emerges, in all its messy, splattered Sixties colors.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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