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The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim  Murphy
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Sep 04, 2012

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Having grown up in a circus town, I'm probably interested in the history of sideshow entertainment more than most. I remember seeing photos and a replica of the Cardiff Giant at Circus World Museum, but I never understood the story until now. Murphy starts it off brilliantly by presenting one presentation of the giant's story, then cycling back to reveal the great deception that had occurred behind the scenes. It's a fascinating glimpse into not just the early years of entertainment, but advertising, journalism, and even scientific history as well. A fun read.

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