PacificOceanPark2014[Book: Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore – 2014 – 22x29cm – 366 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Full title: ‘Pacific Ocean Park – The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space-Age Nautical Pleasure Pier.’ “It was 1956, and Charles “Doc” Strub had decided to take the last big gamble of his life. As a lifelong poker enthusiast and entrepreneur, he was used to taking sizeable risks. On February 20, his company, the Los Angeles Turf Club signed a one-year option to purchase the old Ocean Park Pier in Santa Monica for $3,000,000. His plan? To build an amusement park that rivalled Disneyland. He called it Pacific Ocean Park / P.O.P.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Brian Wilson); Turf Club & Television (The Creation and Design of P.O.P.); Suspension of Disbelief (The Attractions of P.O.P.); Teenage Wasteland (The Death of P.O.P.); Photographic Fun Map; Acknowledgements; Image Credits; About the Authors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

  • Derek Sailors

    This is another one of those books I have to divide into two ratings and then average them out. First of all, the book itself is outstanding. It does everything right. The book has a great A to Z time line. Awesome history, great photos. It is easy to read and I would recommend it. Considering all of this I did get bored with it and was ready for it to end and for me to move on but that is not the fault of the book. It is my fault. Here is why. As much as I enjoy the history of amusement parks, past and present, I really have little interest in much of anything southern California, Las Vegas, Disney, Orlando and New York City. This book fell into my area of prejudice so therefore that is the reason. As for my rating of the book itself I would give it a 9.5/10. As for my personal enjoyment of the book I would give it a 6.5/10 therefore giving my final score a 8/10.