ThemeParkScottLukas[Book: Scott A. Lukas – 2008 – 16x21cm – 274 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. Theme parks are a uniquely interactive and enduring modern form of entertainment that have influenced architecture, technology and culture in surprising ways for more than a century. This piece takes the primitive amusements of nineteenth century pleasure gardens as its starting point, and continues with an in-depth investigation of the theme park throughout the twentieth century and beyond. World-famous and lesser-known parks are discussed, including parks located in the USA, UK, Europe, Japan, China, South Africa and Australia. Chapter Points: Theme Park as Oasis; Theme Park as Land; Theme Park as Machine; Theme Park as Show; Theme Park as Brand; Theme Park as Text; References; Select Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.