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Barnum's Own Story
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Barnum's career of showmanship and charlatanry was marked by a surprising undercurrent of honesty and forthrightness - and his exuberant autobiography forms a happy combination of all those traits. In a classic of self-accusation and self-justification, he reveals the stories behind his famous hoaxes and publicity stunts, exposing 19th-century America's gullibility and thirst for marvels. The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as Barnum, is scheduled for release in December 2017. Illustrations throughout.
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Phineas Taylor "P. T." Barnum (1810-1891) formed the circus that came to be known as The Greatest Show on Earth. A brash, larger-than-life entrepreneur, he transformed the nature of commercial entertainment in the 19th century, from his private museum of curiosities to his big-top extravaganzas. Barnum introduced audiences to General Tom Thumb, Jumbo the elephant, and Jenny Lind, "The Swedish nightingale," among other sensations. He concluded his career by serving two terms in the legislature of his home state, Connecticut, and as the mayor of Bridgeport.

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