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Celebration, Ross argues, is the latest in a long line of utopian communities built to realize the American dream. Many wealthy and eager romantics flocked to the town with a faith that Disney magic would fulfill their hopes for a perfect community (and increase their property values). When the majority of these people found their dreams dashed against the corporation's bottom line, however, they engaged in grass roots activism that did more to bring their community together than any of the schemes from Disney "imagineers." Moving from a cogent analysis of the town to a multifaceted consideration of the environmental implications of American liberty, The Celebration Chronicles is a masterpiece of American studies scholarship. As astute as it is readable, Ross's book shows how Celebration's high-octane pursuit of happiness resulted in a limited civic culture and contributed to an overall ecological catastrophe that continues to worsen with each new drive toward the American dream. --James Highfill --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When I found out about Celebration I got hooked about the topic for a while. I decided to buy this book to learn more about the story about the town and how it became what it is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Junior Casemiro
Reading this book was like watching paint dry....I moved to Celebration in 1998. At first I was charmed by the Disney connection, distinctive house designs (for florida anyway),... Read morePublished on April 30, 2004
I had the chance to visit Celebration this spring on a trip to WDW. I found the book interesting and inciteful in learning more about this community. Read morePublished on July 6, 2001 by Bob Jakeway
What a piece of liberal trash! My five year old found it useful to press flowers.Published on February 19, 2001
I read this book after reading Celebration, USA by Douglas Franz and Catherine Collins. The Celebration Chronicles is not worth the money. Mr. Read morePublished on January 23, 2001
This book is a definite cure for sleep loss. If you like hearing neighbors bicker about the town they live in then this is your book. Read morePublished on December 12, 2000
I was set to love this book. It would either be a hatchet job on Disney's bizarre experiment or a thoughtful examination of just what such a town implies about American senses of... Read morePublished on May 7, 2000 by Jussi Bjorling