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Action Park Reviews

Action Park by Andy Mulvihill, Jake Rossen

Action Park

Andy Mulvihill, Jake Rossen

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2 reviews

Imprint: Plume
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publication date: 25 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9780143134510


The outlandish, hilarious, terrifying, and almost impossible-to-believe story of the legendary, dangerous amusement park where millions were entertained and almost as many bruises were sustained, told through the eyes of the founder's son

4 stars out of 5
25 Jul 2020

"The book is so artfully arranged that reading it is like taking a tour of the park in its 1980s heyday, beer in hand, chasing one gonzo thrill after another"

All in all, this is a particularly American story. Action Park was eventually closed down by a plethora of lawsuits and Gene’s creative insurance arrangements (i.e. he had almost none). His son, and his co-author Jack Rossen, suggest that the park’s faults and fatalities were no worse than those of corporate enterprises with more power to hush up incidents or pay off any claimants. And they conclude that the lesson of Action Park is that if you make health and safety laws matters of personal opinion, people believe that nothing really bad will happen to them. They are visitors to an enchanted kingdom where magic happens and commonsense need not apply. Action Park — land of the free and home of the brave. Enter at your own risk.


4 stars out of 5
29 Jun 2020

"the wild true story of America’s most dangerous theme park"

For the slickly amusing narrative style, we probably have to thank his co-author, Jake Rossen, a staff writer for the trivia-obsessed online magazine Mental Floss. The picture captions are particularly choice: take the Cannonball Loop, “open only sporadically over the years for its uncanny ability to maim our guests”.