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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

Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus (Hardback)

By Standiford, Les

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    28 Sep 21

A New York Times bestselling author writes the untold story of three Golden Age titans and the confrontations, cutthroat business strategies, and eccentric personalities that built the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus. Millions have sat under the big top, watching as trapez...e 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.
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ISBN 9781541762282
Released NZ 28 Sep 2021
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781541762282
Stock Release date is 28 September 2021
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint PublicAffairs,U.S.
Released 28 Sep 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Standiford, Les
Category History
American History
History Of Specific Institutions
Business & Management
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 146mm
Height: 238mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 791.3092
Weight 500g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Circus - History - United States, Barnum, P. T, Ringling, John, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, Bailey, James Anthony
NBS Text Management & Business: General
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade