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Dan Rice The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  17 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This brilliant, richly illustrated biography of a 19th century performer introduces readers to the most famous American they've never heard of, while exploring the history of entertainment and the cult of celebrity. Illustrations throughout.
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published December 26th 2001 by PublicAffairs (first published December 2001)
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Ronald
Nov 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Never heard of this man until I read this book. Dan Rice was an early vaudevillian, politician, writer and celebrity of the mid-late 19th century, whose life was filled with humor and variety. Mr. Carlyon offers a richly detailed, fascinating glimpse at celebrity well over 100 years ago.
Heidi Weaver
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh my, what a difficult book to get threw. Must we use so many dumb words for things that make no sense at times. Interesting facts about the man. It didn't need to be text book boring. I swear if that man uses
Antebellum one more time....
Holly
Mar 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
I wish there was a shelf for "gave up". I don't give up on books very often, but this book just didn't grab me. I've got a shelf full of more interesting books that have called me away from it. Maybe I'll get back to it someday.
Judith Rice
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
It was a book full of Americana during the 1840 - 1660's about a travelling circus. It was written more like a textbook than a biography of Dan Rice.
I personally learned much about that ime period of the coming of the Civil War and after.
Diana Gail
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
May be a bit wordy, but I did learn about the life and times of the beginnings of what became circus life. Interesting for the historical aspect.
Jeff Raymond
Great concept to write about an interesting, forgotten man, but poorly executed. It felt like it was all over the place, and didn't engage me in the least.
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