I give it three out of five stars.
It was a cute book, with nice pictures, but it was really hodge-podge. I was expecting the writing to be more comprehensive, since it is supposed to be “Disneyland through the decades,” but there didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason in what was included and what was left out.
There were two types of text: descriptions from the author, and selected essays and excerpts about Disneyland by other people. I liked the essays a lot more; those were truly “through the decades” and were focused on a particular theme, like the costuming or imagination. The author began each section with a brief description of the politics of the times, which would have been a lot more interesting if it actually had something to do with the rest of the chapter, and if he left out snide comments like calling conservatives “complacent.”
The pictures, of course, are really cool, but generally not very connected to the text.
But then, this is a coffee table book; I’m probably pretty weird for actually reading a coffee table book. If I were to rate it on its appeal as a coffee table book, rather than a reading book, I would give it 4 stars, since it is very attractive, though still hodge-podge.