Humbug: The Art of P. T. Barnum

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1981 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
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This carefully researched study of America's greatest showman, huckster, and impresario is both an inclusive analysis of the historical and cultural forces that were the conditions of P. T. Barnum's success, and, as befits its subject, a richly entertaining presentation of the outrageous man and his exploits.
 

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This seemed more like a book you'd pick up to do a report on PT Barnum in fourth grade, but if you're looking for some basic info on Barnum or circus history in general it's a good start. There are some interesting nuggets of info in the book. I finished it in about an hour and a half. Read full review

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User Review  - Meg M - Goodreads

This seemed more like a book you'd pick up to do a report on PT Barnum in fourth grade, but if you're looking for some basic info on Barnum or circus history in general it's a good start. There are some interesting nuggets of info in the book. I finished it in about an hour and a half. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Early Years
7
The American Museum
31
The Operational Aesthetic
59
International Triumphs
91
The Swedish Nightingale
111
Disasters Encountered
143
Business and Politics
183
The Man of Confidence
205
The Circus
233
The Compleat Showman
277
Acknowledgments
293
Bibliographic Essay
297
Notes
307
Index
331
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About the author (1981)

Neil Harris is professor of history at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Artist in American Society and Cultural Excursion, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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