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By Marc Hartzman

ISBN-10: 1585424412

ISBN-13: 9781585424412

ISBN-10: 1585425303

ISBN-13: 9781585425303

a desirable inspect the historical past of the yankee sideshow and its performers. research what is genuine, what is faux, and what is simply downright extraordinary.

you've gotten most likely heard of Tom Thumb. The Elephant guy. even perhaps 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 various stars that shone through the heyday of the yank sideshow, from 1840 to 1950. American Sideshow chronicles the lives of actually awesome performers, interpreting those courageous and impressive 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 overcome or even reap the benefits of their abnormalities.

American Sideshow discusses the increase and fall of the unique sideshows and their next alternative by way of cutting-edge self-made freaks. With the development of recent drugs, technological developments, and the glorious international of physique amendment, abnormalities are being triumph over, handled or even avoided: Siamese twins can now be separated, and likewise to this, tongues may be forked, horns surgically implanted, and earlobes got rid of. There also are, after all, modern day giants, fireplace eaters, sword swallowers, glass eaters, human blockheads, and oh, much more.

those interesting personalities are celebrated via intimate biographies paired with gorgeous pictures. nearly 200 performers from the prior 100 and sixty years are featured, giving readers a accomplished and occasionally amazing look at the historical past of the yank sideshow

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