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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 / Les Standiford.

Standiford, Les, (author.).

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  • 3 of 6 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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  • ISBN: 9781541762282
  • ISBN: 1541762282
  • Physical Description: x, 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Included bibliography (pages 237-243) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
World on fire -- Before the big top -- The periodic table of circus elements -- On American shores -- Pachyderm on the half shelf -- Readying for takeoff -- How they roll -- What's in a name -- Growing a stake --Clash of the Titans -- A showman hits his stride -- First tour of duty -- Museum master -- General Tom -- Est arrivé -- Riches to rags, and back again -- The circus comes calling -- Mr. B, meet Mr. B. -- On massive shoulders -- The greatest show -- Upstarts -- The coming men -- Punch and counter punch -- Building a Leviathan -- Terms of success -- The price of love -- Last man standing -- Patriarch of paradise -- The last race -- After the ball -- Out of the ashes -- Rock and roll to the rescue -- What remains.
Summary, etc.:
Millions have sat under the "big top," watching as trapeze artists glide and clowns entertain, but few know the captivating stories behind the men who shaped the circus. Battle for the Big Top is the untold story of the battles of the three circus kings--James Bailey, P.T. Barnum, and John Ringling-all vying for control of the vastly profitable and widely influential American Circus. New York Times bestselling author Les Standiford recreates a remarkable era when a community-without regard for gender, creed, or nationality--would be captivated by the spectacle created by three diversely talented individuals who transcended the ordinary. Ultimately, the rivalry of these three men resulted in the creation of an institution that would surpass all intentions and, for 147 years, hold a nation spellbound. Filled with details of their ever-evolving showmanship, business strategies, and personal magnetism, this Ragtime-like narrative will delight and enchant circus-lovers everywhere.
Subject: Bailey, James Anthony, 1847-1906.
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor) 1810-1891.
Ringling, John, 1866-1936.
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows.
Circus > United States > History.
Genre: Biographies.

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