From Barnum Bailey to Feld Author : Ernest Albrecht Publisher : McFarland Total Pages : 308 Release : 2014-08-01 ISBN 10 : 9780786495245 ISBN 13 : 0786495243 Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL GET BOOK From Barnum Bailey to Feld Book Description: "Bold illustrations...clear and informative...Albrecht's account balances readability with citations of primary sources that scholars will appreciate."--Library Journal "An erudite examination of America's most enduring entertainment empire. Eminently readable, the book is filled with details that bring the history alive. Both serious circus historians and casual readers will be rewarded with surprises throughout. Insightful and revealing, this volume is a must for circus enthusiasts of all stripes, masterfully balancing meticulous documentation of a mammoth commercial enterprise with critical evaluation of the unique personalities that held the reigns of power."--Circus Verlag / Planet Circus Since its inception in 1872, the Greatest Show on Earth has continually transformed itself to meet changing tastes and cultural shifts. Over the course of its long existence, it has been at various times a biblical spectacle and historical pageant, a ceremonial introduction to the peoples and cultures of the world, and a fairy tale masque. It has also featured sights ranging from gladiatorial combat and aerial daredevils to oddities of nature and foolhardy wonders. This work chronicles the colorful artistry of the Greatest Show on Earth from its beginning to 2010, revealing how each of 12 changes in management brought about changes in style and content. More than 50 photographs bring the flamboyant performers and amazing spectacles to life in this informative appreciation of the circus and its evolution.