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Wonderland

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Wonderland by Steven Johnson
  • Paperback $30.00

    Nov 15, 2016 | 480 Pages

  • Hardcover $30.00

    Nov 15, 2016 | 336 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Nov 15, 2016 | 336 Pages

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Praise

“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

Praise for How We Got to Now:


“[Johnson’s] point is simple, important and well-timed: During periods of rapid innovation, there is always tumult as citizens try to make sense of it. . . . Johnson is an engaging writer, and he takes very complicated and disparate subjects and makes their evolution understandable.” —The Washington Post
 
“An unbelievable book . . . it’s an innovative way to talk about history.” —Jon Stewart
 
“What makes this book such a mind-expanding read is Johnson’s ability to appreciate human advancement as a vast network of influence, rather than a simple chain of one invention leading to another, and the result is nothing less than a celebration of the human mind.” —The Daily Beast
 
“The reader of How We Got to Now cannot fail to be impressed by human ingenuity, including Johnson’s, in determining these often labyrinthine but staggeringly powerful developments of one thing to the next.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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