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5.0 von 5 Sternen A total success. Buy it. 9. Juli 2014
Von Winston Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Pre-ordered this back in December and just received today. Everything you would hope for in a book on the mythic Pacific Ocean Park is contained in this beautiful hardback... from the early pre-P-O-P days of the boardwalk, through the park's construction and operational heyday, to its ultimate destruction, gets coverage here. EVERY PAGE is loaded with photos: extensive concept sketches and paintings, behind-the-scenes and promotional photos of the park itself, brochures, ads, ticket books, signage, maps, screen-caps from TV shows and films that were shot at the park, wreckage and graffiti from after its demise, all presented in beautiful layouts. But its not MERELY a handsome coffee-table book for browsing pictures because the text is exhaustive and thorough, covering every aspect of the park in detail. This book could not be improved!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful - Surpassed all my expectations. 9. Juli 2014
Von K. Martinez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very detailed account of the legendary Southern California amusement park. A place I never visited during my early trips to Disneyland, but wish I had. Fantastic photos and plenty of them as well as lots of historical information to enjoy reading. Between this book and "Knott's Preserved", I'm quickly becoming a fan of Christopher Merritt's work. Now if only someone would do a Freedomland book on this level.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ABSOLUTELY A STAND OUT BOOK IN THE GENRE OF THEME PARK HISTORY 18. Juli 2014
Von Dave in Dallas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I just got it last night and it was far superior than I had dreamed it would be. It's a beautiful book filled with concept art and many photograph I'd not seen anywhere else on the Internet. I've not read it yet, just skimmed it, but at first glance I can say it's not just a fanboy picture book. The text of the book begins with the original Ocean Park pier, progresses to the history of POP itself and then ends with its demise and decay. I have a collection of theme park history books, most of which focus on Disney theme parks but not exclusively Disney and this one is a true gem among the ones I’ve collected. I believe no other books on POP have been published so this is really a stand out piece of research. When I saw the very reasonable price of the book I expected it to be of mediocre quality printing with not that many photographs. Basically an upscale souvenir folio type book. I was wrong. It's a beautifully produced book rich in information. I really recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book is awesome, even if you dont know about the park ... 9. Juli 2014
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The book is awesome, even if you dont know about the park or never have visited it in its hay days, the book, from its beginning, to its dimise, is a real page turner.Pure Americana. The pictures and illustrations are beautiful.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen PACIFIC OCEAN PARK Rises From Its Watery Grave One Last Time. 11. August 2014
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This lovely book far exceeded my hopes and expectations for it. POP is such a long-gone, forgotten bit of my childhood that it's hard now to believe it ever was real except when one sees it in an old TV show or movie on METV or ANNTENNAE TV (The final confrontation between Richard Kimble and the one-armed man in THE FUGATIVE took place in POP), but as a kid I loved its "Flight to Mars," its Magic Flying Carpet dark ride, it silly Tub dark ride, its great mirror maze (Immortalized in a classic TWILIGHT ZONE episode), it's wacky banana train ride, and its super rollercoaster. I have vivid memories of riding in the sky ride bubbles out over the sea with my dad and my brother. Dad, my brother and POP are all long gone now, but this book has brought it and them back.

The story the book tells (Because the text is as wonderful as the hundreds of pictures) is a fascinating one of greed, stupidity, red-tape, government ineptitude, and more greed. I'd always wondered why POP only survived for 9 years while Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm go on and on, seemingly immortal. After reading this book (And I devoured every word in it), I now wonder how it stayed opened for as long as it managed. (Just reading the hilarious paragraph describing the hideous cost-saving practices in the food courts during its waning days will turn your stomache. "Don't eat the cold slaw, it was black this morning. He's colored it." Watered-down ketchum, rancid mayonaisse, the cheapest legal hot dogs fillings, an employee disciplined for throwing out pizza dough covered in mold.) The idiotic idea to fire all the designers and art directors two years after opening because it was "All designed now" was particularly hilariously stupid. It's like Walt Disney firing all his Imagineers in 1958, because, you know, Disneyland is finished now.

Because when the Turf Club and CBS sold it after it became clear that it could never be profitable, the park went into the hands of non-creative businessmen, men for whom "Creativity" was turning a profit on a parcel of land three times over, and the creativity that a place like POP needs to thrive was replaced by greedy, rapacious money-men. Disaster was inevitable.

The lengthy final chapter, describing the park's withering, it's ultimate failure, and the long slow rotting-in-public that it endured for years, as businessmen wrangled to try to squeeze out more profit where none was ever to be had while a veritable parade of inept government agencies for two cities (The park straddled a city border, half in Santa Monica, half in Venice), the state and the Feds made its demolition increasingly impossible, even as its rotting hulk became ever-more-dangerous, is a sobering and fascinating read.

When I was young, I loved POP. Now I'm old, and I love this book.
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