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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem From the Proflific Mr. Fricke
John Fricke's latest book is on Oz, which makes sense since his last book was on Judy Garland following a pattern he has set in the last few years with books on the two subjects he knows best: Oz and Garland, beginning with The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History (1989) followed in succession by Judy Garland: World's Greatest Entertainer (1997);...
Published 13 months ago by D. Carr

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3.0 out of 5 stars Yay & Nay
Disappointing.

Had I known it was just a re-release of "100 years of Oz" with a chapter relating to "Wicked" tacked on, I would certainly have thought twice about making this purchase

I also find it odd that although there was a huge amount of merchandise produced at the time of the 50th Anniversary (ranging from dolls & figurines to...
Published 12 months ago by Ashley Peach


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3.0 out of 5 stars Yay & Nay, December 10, 2013
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Ashley Peach (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Disappointing.

Had I known it was just a re-release of "100 years of Oz" with a chapter relating to "Wicked" tacked on, I would certainly have thought twice about making this purchase

I also find it odd that although there was a huge amount of merchandise produced at the time of the 50th Anniversary (ranging from dolls & figurines to greeting/postcards there is still no reference made to this period, either pictorially or written.

Despite this, had I no prior knowledge of the previous publication, this would certainly be a worthwhile purchase. It would certainly recommend it for those newer fansm wanting to explore Oz's reach in popular culture beyond the film, but not so much to those already familiar with it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem From the Proflific Mr. Fricke, November 12, 2013
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John Fricke's latest book is on Oz, which makes sense since his last book was on Judy Garland following a pattern he has set in the last few years with books on the two subjects he knows best: Oz and Garland, beginning with The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History (1989) followed in succession by Judy Garland: World's Greatest Entertainer (1997); 100 Years of Oz: A Century of Classic Images from The Wizard of Oz Collection of Willard Carroll (1999); Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote (2003); The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic (co-authored with Jonathan Shirshekan, 2009); Judy: A Legendary Film Career (2011); and now The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic (2013). This current book is similar to 100 Years of Oz, in that it is virtually a catalog of Willard Carroll's and Tom Wilhite's incredible collection of Oz memorabilia (one of the largest in the world) much of which is now on view in their recently opened museum in Camden, Maine, including such rare items from the 1939 film as the Wicked Witch's Hourglass, the Lollipop Kid, Jerry Maren's costume, an apron tested but not worn by Garland and a blouse she wore during the first two weeks of filming.

But it isn't just the book's marvelous pictures of Carroll's and Wilhite's collection since added to that is Fricke's wonderfully illuminating text covering a nearly complete history of the Oz phenomenon: the books (even foreign editions), the films, the stage productions and L. Frank Baum himself. And it couldn't be more up-to-date,including as it does, a poster of the Broadway musical, "Wicked" (now celebrating its 10th anniversary), one of the new graphic novel treatments of the Oz books by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young and memorabilia from the latest Oz film, "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2013). For all you Oz fans, be you collectors or not, this book is an absolute "must have."
David Moyer
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on the history of Oz and the Oz phenomenon, November 11, 2013
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Any Oz fan or film collector will really appreciate this book. It's very well written and really goes into the entire history of Oz and the Oz phenomenon. John freaky is very knowledgeable about Oz and Garland, he's an expert on both, and his work is accessible both for those who know very little about the subject and those who know a great deal. All in all, it is a fascinating book and I recommend it to you
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2.0 out of 5 stars I usually like John Fricke's books, June 27, 2014
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I usually like John Fricke's books, but this was only slightly interesting. Not much on the MGM film, more on the books and silent versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Oz Book, April 17, 2014
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Been waiting for it to come out and well worth the wait on this Oz Book lots of Oz infor
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5.0 out of 5 stars By the Wonderful Writer of Oz, February 27, 2014
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How does John Fricke do it - always coming up with more to say about and photos to share about our favorite story and movie The Wizard of Oz. A must for the serious and not so serious collector! (Written by Anita's Oz Collector, Bill.)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item, October 26, 2013
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Anything by John Fricke regarding the Wizard of Oz film is worth buying and treasuring forever! As a fan of his previous books, I was looking eagerly forward to this one and it didn't disappoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, September 26, 2014
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Lovely book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplu Wonderful, December 18, 2013
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John Fricke's history of the Wizard of Oz is fascinating and a delight to read! Even if you think you know a lot about the books and movie, you will learn more in this marvelous book!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a world, what a world...., December 10, 2013
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Gorgous presentation covering more than a century of Oz. The layouts really make the book stand out from any others on the subject. John Fricke and Willard Carroll have assembled a beautiful publication that matches their previous edition.
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