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P. T. Barnum: The Legend and the Man Paperback – 31 May 1995

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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; New Ed edition (31 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231056877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231056878
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,821,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For too long the public impression of P.T. Barnum has been one laced with thoughts of humbug and chicanery, with the shadiness of the pitchman. Here, in these fascinating letters, we find him to be too complex, too complicated a man to have such a reputation. The quintessential Barnum, a man we've never quite seen before, turns out to be full of ideas and energy, a humorist, a social critic, now beleaguered, now triumphant, a most fascinating character.

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Nearly a century after his death, every American knows something about P. T. Barnum and his many personae: we know him as a circus proprietor and founder of 'The Greatest Show On Earth, ' or we know him as the discoverer of General Tom Thumb, the midget, and the impresario of the renowned Swedish singer Jenny Lind, or perhaps we know him as a man addicted to practical jokes, whose most memorable pronouncement is supposed to have been 'there's a sucker born every minute.' In this colorful biography Arthur Saxon explores this 'legend in his own time, ' and presents a truer, less cliche-ridden picture of the man than anyone so far has done.

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