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Battle For The Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus

Author: Les Standiford.

Battle For The Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus

Author: Les Standiford.

$28.00 $7.98
Item #: D21049
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781541762282
Millions have sat under the "big top," watching as trapeze artists glide and clowns entertain, but few know the captivating stories behind the men whose creativity, ingenuity, and determination created one of our most beloved pastimes. Les Standiford brings to life the era when three circus kings—James Bailey, P.T. Barnum, and John Ringling—all v... More
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Millions have sat under the "big top," watching as trapeze artists glide and clowns entertain, but few know the captivating stories behind the men whose creativity, ingenuity, and determination created one of our most beloved pastimes. Les Standiford brings to life the era when three circus kings—James Bailey, P.T. Barnum, and John Ringling—all vied for control of the immensely profitable and influential American Circus. Ultimately, the rivalry resulted in the creation of an institution that would surpass all intentions and, for 147 years, hold a nation spellbound. "As rollicking, infectious, and enthralling as the subject it covers. With verve and style to spare, Les Standiford spins an unforgettable and addictively readable yarn…. What a blast."—Dennis Lehane


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