P.T. Barnum

P.T. Barnum

America's Greatest Showman

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Baker & Taylor
A celebration of the life of P. T. Barnum chronicles his achievements as a history-making showman; details his work with Jenny Lind, Tom Thumb, and Jumbo; and identifies his impact on American popular culture. 60,000 first printing. Tour.

Book News
A vivid portrayal of P.T. Barnum, genius entrepreneur, friend of the clergy, inveterate self-promoter, and thoroughly contradictory individual who one moment profited off the exoticism of others, the next spoke in favor of the abolishment of slavery. Includes over 500 photographs, engravings, and archival color lithographs of the man and his entire entourage. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
With P. T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman, Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III, and Peter W. Kunhardt - who were responsible for the best-selling Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography - rediscover the genius and vision of an unmatched impresario and entrepreneur. In vivid words and spellbinding pictures (more than 500 photographs, engravings, and color lithographs from the renowned Meserve Collection and forty other archives), we meet a man of complex motives, a master of merchandise, and inveterate self-promoter often reviled for his opportunism. We meet the man who did not say "There's a sucker born every minute"; whose best friends were clergymen; whose autobiography sold more than a million copies; who took a public leap through a flaming hoop to prove to the ASPCA that his performing horses were in no danger; who (allegedly) plotted with Samuel Clemens to lease a comet's tail to take a million passengers on a guided tour of outer space. We meet the man who built his reputation - and his fortune - largely on the exoticism of others, but whose crowning moment as a member of the Connecticut state legislature came in a speech in favor of the constitutional amendment to abolish slavery: "A human soul is not to be trifled with. It may inhabit the body of a Chinaman, a Turk, an Arab or a Hotentot - it is still an immortal spirit!"
There is no denying Barnum's abiding influence, more than a century after his death, on our popular culture. For better and for worse, we owe America's irrepressible infatuation with show biz largely to him.

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A celebration of the life of P.T. Barnum chronicles his achievements as a history-making showman; details his work with Jenny Lind, Tom Thumb, and Jumbo; and identifies his impact on American popular culture.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679435747
Characteristics: ix, 358 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm


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Jan 09, 2019

(*Famous P.T. Barnum quote*) - "The show must go on!"

This wonderful book is an amazing pictorial documentation covering the colorful life and turbulent times of "America's Greatest Showman", Phineas Taylor Barnum.

Containing more than 500 vintage, b&w photographs - This first-rate book lets you personally meet the man who never said "There's a sucker born every minute." (Although he has been misquoted)

Impressively compiled (with informative biographical text) by the Kunhardts (Peter, Philip, Philip Jr.) - This book will undoubtedly amaze you at what it reveals to you about P.T. Barnum, who more than 100 years after his death (1891) still remains a significant influence on popular culture.


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