FYI: Vol. IV, No. 7

 A “fascinating,” “entrancing,” “absorbing,” superb,” “extraordinary”  Christmas gift.

From Barnum & Bailey to Feld, is available at all book outlets

as well as the publisher McFarland Books.


 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. From Barnum & Bailey to Feld 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.       

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    Acclaimed by a wide variety of critics and readers:

“Albrecht balances readability with citations of primary sources that scholars will appreciate.” Library Journal, The Library of Congress.

“Circus enthusiasts of all persuasions will be entranced. Its 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.”  Don Covington, Circus Report and White Tops.

“Highly recommended for all libraries and circus collections as the most extensive and comprehensive review of the artistic and performance side of The Greatest Show on Earth.”  Herb Ueckert, Circus Report.

“Highly recommended for all readers.  This books joins Janet Davis’ The Circus Age: Culture and Society Under the American Big Top.”   Robert Sugarman,  Choice.


Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9524-5 Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-1777-0 54 photos (15 in color), notes, bibliography, index 308pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2014