P.T. Barnum: The Legend and the Man
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P.T. Barnum: The Legend and the Man

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The twelfth-century bishop Otto of Freising was the outstanding historian of his century. "The Two Cities" was his masterwork, spanning in time from Adam and Eve to the coming of the last days -- which he believed had actually begun. In form and philosophy, it stands as a landmark in medieval historiography. As a brother of the Emperor, Otto had an insider's view on the si

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Paperback, 437 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Columbia University Press (first published December 1st 1989)
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I don't read a lot of biographies, so when I do I try to make them the best. If there's a better book on P.T. Barnum, I can't imagine it. Saxon's research was painstaking and thorough, and he provides equally thorough notes to reinforce what he's done. In spite of the amount of information provided in these pages, though, Saxon's writing is not dry, the book is never dull and even the less interesting bits (e.g., reviewing finances for later shows) are given only that amount of space necessary b...more
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