The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

 
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The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
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8+
Release Date
September 08, 2009
ISBN
0375841970
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Step right up! Meet the astounding . . . the amazing . . . P. T. Barnum! The award-winning author of The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, Amelia Lost, and Our Eleanor brings us the larger-than-life biography of showman P. T. Barnum. Known far and wide for his jumbo elephants, midgets, and three-ring circuses, here’ s a complete and captivating look at the man behind the Greatest Show on Earth. Readers can visit Barnum’s American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 inches tall) and his tinier bride (32 inches); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum’s legacy to the 19th century and beyond. Drawing on old circus posters, photographs, etchings, ticket stubs—and with incredible decorative art by Ray Fenwick—this book presents history as it’s never been experienced before—a show-stopping event!

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An Entertainer's Life, Revealed

This is a big wowza of a book about a true-life wowza of a celebrity, P.T. Barnum, who founded the great Barnum & Bailey Circus. Barnum was a larger than life entertainer whose main goal in life was to amuse people. This book, crammed full of pictures, cartoons, posters, and fascinating sidebars, traces Phineas Taylor Barnum's life from his boyhood in Bethel, Connecticut, where he was born into a farm family that loved jokes and pranks.

"Tale," as his family called Barnum, also loved money. At eight years old, he began making candy to sell to soldiers who trained in Bethel. After his father died, when Tale was fifteen, he dreamed up a bigger scheme to make money--a "magnificent lottery!" Little did the eager buyers of lottery tickets know that the winners would take home a less-than-magnificent glass bottle. But--they were happy! As Barnum learned, people just love to win something, anything.
The stage was set for a life striving to make customers happy and entertained . . .and readers of this utterly fascinating and gripping tale are likely to find that they, too, are happy and entertained.

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