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In the circus category you will find books with information on: circus history, circus performers, owners, circus fires and circus trains.

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The Best Circus Books

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Three Ringlings in Montana by Lee RostadClick to enlarge

Three Ringlings in Montana
by Lee Rostad

 

Ringling, The Last LaughClick to enlarge

Ringling, The Last Laugh: This is the real story of the Ringling Brothers as told by John Ringling, the last surviving brother, in 1936
by Michael Lancaster

 

Ringling: The Florida Years, by David C. WeeksClick to enlarge

Ringling: The Florida Years
by David C. Weeks

 

Ringlingville USA by Jrerry AppsClick to enlarge


Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and Their Stunning Circus Succes
by Jerry Apps

 

 

           
American Legends: The Life of P.T. BarnumClick to enlarge
American Legends: The Life of P.T. Barnum
by Charles River
  The Life of P. T. Barnum, Written by HimselfClick to enlarge
The Life of P. T. Barnum, Written by Himself
  P. T. Barnum: America's Greatest ShowmanClick to enlarge
P. T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman
by Philip B. Kunhardt Jr.
  The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming.Click to enlarge
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous
Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
by Candace Fleming.

 

 

           

Queen of the AirClick to enlarge
Lillian Leitzel
Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus
by Dean N. Jensen

 

Ward Hall King of the Sideshow!Click to enlarge

Ward Hall
King of the Sideshow!
by Tim O'Brien

 

Balance : Nik WalendaClick to enlargeBalance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line
by Nik Wallenda

 

 

The Last of The WallendasClick to enlarge

The Last of the Wallendas:
by Delilah Wallenda
Nan DeVincentis Hayes

 

 

 

 

    

Circus Book TruevineClick to enlarge

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South
by Beth Macy

 

 

Step Right This Way - The Photographs of Edward J. KeltyClick to enlarge

Step Right This Way: The: The Photographs of Edward J. Kelty
by Edward J. Kelty
Miles Barth
Alan M. Siegel
Hoagland, Edward
 American Circus: An Illustrated HistoryClick to enlargeAmerican Circus:
An Illustrated History
by John Culhane
 Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the CircusClick to enlarge
Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the Circus
by W.C. Coup

 

 

      
The Circus Age Click to enlarge
The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top
by Janet M. Davis
 

Show Trains of the 20th CenturyClick to enlarge


Show Trains
of the 20th Century
by Fred Jr. Dahlinger

 

Circus TrainClick to enlargeAmerica's Greatest
Circus Train
by Bruce C. Nelson

 

The Great Circus Train Wreck of 1918Click to enlarge

The Great Circus Train Wreck of 1918: Tragedy Along the Indiana Lakeshore
by Richard M. Lytle

 

 

   

 

 

 

Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 by Matthew WittmannClick to enlarge

Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010
by Matthew Wittmann
 

The Circus FireClick to enlarge

The Circus Fire A True Story of an American Tragedy
by O'Nan, Stewart

 

Mud Show: Fred PowledgeClick to enlarge

Mud Show: A Circus Season
by Fred Powledge
 

Step Right UpClick to enlarge

Step Right Up!: The Adventure of Circus in America
by Lavahn G. Hoh
  

 

 

    

Pictorial History of Performing HorsesClick to enlarge

A Pictorial History of Performing Horses:
by Charles Philip Fox
 

The Circus 1870s - 1950sClick to enlarge

The Circus Book: 1870-1950
by Dominique Jando and Linda Granfield
 

Two Hundred Years of the American Circus by Tom OgdenClick to enlarge

Two Hundred Years of the American Circus: From Aba-Daba to the Zoppe-Zavatta Troupe
by Tom Ogden
 

Traveling ShowmanClick to enlarge

Traveling showmen: The American circus before the Civil War
by Stuart Thayer

 

 

           

From Barnum & Bailey to Feld: The Creative Evolution of the Greatest Show on EarthClick to enlarge

From Barnum & Bailey to Feld: The Creative Evolution of the Greatest Show on Earth
by Ernest Albrecht

 

Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion: And Other Uncommon Tales from the  Big Apple Circus Paul BinderClick to enlarge

Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion: And Other Uncommon Tales from the Founder of the Big Apple Circus
by Paul Binder

 

Clowns: In conversation with modern masters Click to enlarge

Clowns: In conversation with modern masters
by Ezra LeBank and David Bridel

 

Life Is A Circus Click to enlarge

Life Is A Circus
by Shirley Carrol O'Conner

 

 

           

You Like it? I Do It Again. The Dieter Tasso Story, as told to Ron DentingerClick to enlarge

You Like it? I Do It Again. The Dieter Tasso Story, as told to
Ron Dentinger

 

The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus Click to enlarge

The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus
by Linda Simon

 

Detour On An Elephant: A Year Dancing with The Greatest Show on Earth Click to enlarge

Detour On An Elephant: A Year Dancing with The Greatest Show on Earth
by Barbara File Marangon

 

A Balanced LifeClick to enlarge

A Balanced Life
by Johnny Yong

 

 

           

Topsy by Michael DalyClick to enlarge

Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison
by Michael Daly

 

Circus Buffoon by Danny ChapmanClick to enlarge

Circus Buffoon
by Danny Chapman

 

Balancing Act by Sarah ChapmanClick to enlarge

Balancing Act:
Memoir of a Florida Youth
by Sarah Chapman

 

Simply Sarah: A Circus Girl's CookbookClick to enlarge

Simply Sarah
(A Circus Girl's Cookbook)
by Sarah Chapman

 

 

           

Reggie! Ringling's First Black Clown by Donald Hepner Curtis RosemanClick to enlarge

Reggie!
Ringling's First Black Clown
by Mr. Donald Hepner (Author)
Mr. Curtis Roseman (Contributor)

 

Norma I. Quintana: Circus: A Traveling LifeClick to enlarge

Norma I. Quintana:
Circus: A Traveling Life
by Norma Quintana

 

From Circus Dream to Three-Ring RealityClick to enlarge

From Circus Dream to Three-Ring Reality
by Liliane Parbot-Johnson

 

Spangles, Elephants, Violets & Me: the Circus Inside Out by Victoria B. Cristiani RossiClick to enlarge

Spangles, Elephants, Violets & Me: the Circus Inside Out
by Victoria B. Cristiani Rossi

 

 

           

Ringling: The Florida Years, by David C. WeeksClick to enlarge

Ringling: The Florida Years
by David C. Weeks

 

 

Tall Tales of a Short Clown by Barry LubinClick to enlarge

Tall Tales of a Short Clown
by Barry Lubin

 

The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of AerialistsClick to enlarge

The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of Aerialists
by Maureen Brunsdale
  American Circus PostersClick to enlargeAmerican Circus Posters
(Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
by Charles Philip Fox
             

Jumbo: This Being the True Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World Click to enlarge

Jumbo: This Being the True Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World
by Paul Chambers

 

Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation by John SutherlandClick to enlarge

Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
by John Sutherland

 

The American Circus by Susan WeberClick to enlarge

The American Circus
by Susan Weber

 

The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia by Gregory RenoffClick to enlarge

The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia
by Gregory Renoff

             

Big Top Boss: John Ringling North and the Circus by David HammarstromClick to enlarge

Big Top Boss: John Ringling North and the Circus
by David Hammarstrom

 

The Circus Kings: Our Ringling Family Story by Henry Ringling NorthClick to enlarge

The Circus Kings: Our Ringling Family Story
by Henry Ringling North

 

Life in a Three-Ring Circus: Posters and Interviews by Sharon L. SmithClick to enlarge

Life in a Three-Ring Circus: Posters and Interviews
by Sharon L. Smith

 

I love you honey, but the season's over by Connie ClausenClick to enlarge

I love you honey, but the season's over
by Connie Clausen

 

             

 

 

           

 

       

 

 

 

Sideshow Books

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Ward Hall King of the Sideshow!Click to enlarge

Ward Hall
King of the Sideshow!
by Tim O'Brien

 

sideshow freaks drew friedmanClick to enlarge

Drew Friedman's
Sideshow Freaks
by Drew Friedman
 

Freak Sideshow Banner ArtClick to enlarge

Freak Show:
Sideshow Banner Art
by Gideon Bosker
 

Circus and Carnival BallyhooClick to enlarge

Circus and Carnival Ballyhoo Sideshow Freaks, Jabbers and Blade Box Queens
by A. W Stencell

 

 

      

American SideshowClick to enlargeAmerican Sideshow
by Marc Hartzman

 

Tattooed LadyClick to enlarge

The Tattooed Lady: A History
by Amelia Klem Osterud
 

sideshow howard boneClick to enlarge

Side Show: My Life with Geeks, Freaks and Vagabonds in the Carny Trade
by Howard Bone
 

shocked and amazed james taylorClick to enlarge

James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed: On & Off the Midway
by James Taylor

 

 

      

Fraek Show Robert BogdanClick to enlarge

Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit
by Robert Bogdan

 

Seeing is BelievingClick to enlarge

Seeing Is Believing: America's Sideshows
by A W Stencell

 

freaks geeks and strange girlsClick to enlarge

Freaks, Geeks, And Strange Girls
by Teddy Varndell

 

Freak Babylon: An Illustrated History of Teratology and Freakshows Click to enlarge

Freak Babylon: An Illustrated History of Teratology and Freakshows
by Jack Hunter

 

 

 

           

Carny FolkClick to enlarge

Carny Folk
by Francine Homberger

 

Secrets of the Sideshows by Joe NickellClick to enlarge

Secrets of the Sideshows
by Joe Nickell

 

Freaks by Daniel MannixClick to enlarge

Freaks
by Daniel Mannix

 

Conjoined Twins Millie-Christine McKoy and Daisy and Violet Hilton

Conjoined Twins Millie-Christine McKoy and Daisy and Violet Hilton
by Linda Frost


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