Download e-book for iPad: American Sideshow by Marc Hartzman

By Marc Hartzman

ISBN-10: 1585424412

ISBN-13: 9781585424412

ISBN-10: 1585425303

ISBN-13: 9781585425303

a desirable check out the historical past of the yank sideshow and its performers. examine what is genuine, what is pretend, and what is simply downright weird and wonderful.

you may have most likely heard of Tom Thumb. The Elephant guy. maybe even Chang and Eng, the unique Siamese twins. yet what approximately Eli Bowen, the legless acrobat? Or Prince Randian, the human torso? those have been quite a few of the numerous stars that shone throughout the heyday of the yank sideshow, from 1840 to 1950. American Sideshow chronicles the lives of really striking performers, studying those courageous and striking curiosities not only as sideshow performers yet as humans, delving into the lives they led and the methods they have been in a position to conquer or even take advantage of their abnormalities.

American Sideshow discusses the increase and fall of the unique sideshows and their next substitute by means of brand new self-made freaks. With the growth of recent drugs, technological developments, and the glorious global of physique amendment, abnormalities are being conquer, taken care of or even avoided: Siamese twins can now be separated, and also to this, tongues may be forked, horns surgically implanted, and earlobes got rid of. There also are, after all, modern day giants, hearth eaters, sword swallowers, glass eaters, human blockheads, and oh, much more.

those attention-grabbing personalities are celebrated via intimate biographies paired with wonderful pictures. nearly 200 performers from the previous 100 and sixty years are featured, giving readers a entire and infrequently miraculous investigate the background of the yankee sideshow

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