Picture of P. T. Barnum: "Every Crowd Has a Silver Lining"

P. T. Barnum

"Every Crowd Has a Silver Lining"

Series: Americans—The Spirit of a Nation

By Tom Streissguth

When Jumbo the Elephant arrived in the United States in 1882, crowds lined up to see this seven-ton animal perform at the circus. Only one man could deliver such a giant attraction to audiences—P. T. Barnum. A master of entertainment and showmanship, Barnum introduced Americans to wild acts and curiosities at the American Museum and the Barnum & Bailey Circus. His keen understanding of advertisement and promotion helped invent the modern world of "show business." Author Tom Streissguth explores the life of this innovative entertainer from his early days in the lottery business to his creation of the first three-ring circus.

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Reviews

"These balanced titles successfully sort fact from fiction and demonstrate the passion and determination that established both Douglass's and Barnum's places in history."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2009

"Those needing more biographies will find this to be an interesting diversion from the norm."

Association of Region XI School Libraries

"This is a very well written book that will relate well to many young readers. "

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, March 2008

"The book is easily read, holding the attention of even the most reluctant readers with a myriad of adventures and celebrated encounters. There are enough illustrations and photographs to enhance the text, making it an enjoyable work and perfect for a biographical book report or celebrity study."

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