Vol. IX, Book Special

Missing the Circus?

See what the performances of Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey were like over the past 140 years.

In Ernest Albrecht’s

From Barnum & Bailey to Feld,
The Creative Evolution of the
Greatest Show on Earth

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.

What readers and critics are saying about From Barnum & Bailey to Feld:

“bold illustrations…clear and informative…Albrecht’s account balances readability with citations of primary sources that scholars will appreciate”
—Library Journal;

“fascinating…highly recommended”
—Choice;

“eminently readable, the book is filled with details that bring the history alive. 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 reins of power”
—The White Tops;

“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;

“It’s the rare combination of a good read and a carefully researched treatise on a rarely explored subject and will be a welcome addition to any circus library”—Circus Report and ShowBiz USA; “from extensive research and from his own impressions form the 1940s, his book contains a wealth of information on the artistic creation of the show…an astonishing read”
—King Pole.

Five star reviews in Goodreads, Amazon, Librarything

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