Kathy's Reviews > The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

The Great and Only Barnum by Candace Fleming
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Sep 09, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: j-nonfiction
Read in September, 2009

Imaginative, determined, and resilient, showman P.T. Barnum dedicated his life to amusing people, as a congenial sales clerk, promoter, and developer of highly popular museums in New York and the first circus to travel by rail.
This very readable and entertaining biography is not overblown but certainly influenced by Barnum's own hyperbolic style. Plenty of photographs help readers visualize the subject, and the chronological organization and clear chapter titles make his story easy to follow. The design fits the subject, and the acknowledgments page is a delight. Excellent chapter notes and bibliography make this a model informational book. Read in galley so I didn't see the index.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Great and Only Barnum.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.