WildRideConeyIslandFamily[Book: Charles Denson – 2007 – 16x22cm – 138 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A behind-the-scenes look at the rise of the Bonsignore family’s amusement empire and the changing fortunes of Coney Island, “America’s Playground.” Chapter Points: Introduction; Life on West Eighth Street; Joseph Bonsignore; The L.A. Thompson; Joe Buys the Bobsled; John and Louise; Fire and Resurrection; Demise of the Thompson; Running the Bobsled; The King of Stillwell Avenue; After the Fall; Afterword; Best-Known Coney Coasters [43 coasters listed with dates and locations]; Map of 1940s Coasters; Bartlett’s Bobsled Patent; West Eighth Street Businesses; Selected Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.