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Description : Saxon brings together more than 300 letters written by the self-styled "Prince of Humbugs." Here we see him, opinionated and exuberant, with only the rarest flashes of introspection and self-doubt, haggling with business partners, blustering over politics, and attempting to get such friends as Mark Twain to endorse his latest schemes.
Description : The most underestimated, influential, success and wealth builder of the 20th Century and the greatest of the great entrepreneurs of the 20th and 21st Century, Phineas Taylor Barnum. If there is one thing everyone knows about Barnum, it is this, "There is a sucker born every minute." While P.T. Barnum didn't actually say this, he is given the credit for this statement and Barnum took every opportunity to use it to his advantage giving himself even more notoriety and everlasting fame. Barnum, born in 1810, knew at a young age he wanted to make a name for himself being involved with various entrepreneurial pursuits. He left home in 1830 to seek his fortune in New York City and created the start of his wealth with his first big venture in 1841 with the purchase of a museum in which he presented live acts and curiosities including General Tom Thumb and opera singer sensation Jenny Lind. Written over a century ago there is so much we really don't know about Barnum. This book will take you from his early childhood, everything in between, through his failures and successes, until his death in 1891. A Unique Story of a Marvelous Career is a must read book for anyone who wants to better understand the story of success of one of the most underestimated , influential person in American history. This is a special edition of the original version of the 1880 classic.
Description : The modern entertainment industry -- never mind the culture of celebrity with which it is intertwined -- owes a profound debt to Barnum's innovations a century and a half ago. He understood, far better than his contemporaries, how to attract an audience, and no less important, how to keep it. In fact, the professions of advertising, public relations, marketing, and all the other means and methods used to persuade twenty-first century consumers what to buy, where to eat, what to watch, and how to live arguably trace their origins to Barnum. Stephen Mihm's new book situates Barnum's contributions within the larger issues of his lifetime, including the vexed issue of race, slavery, and abolition. The particular version of his memoirs used in this volume is drawn from the original 1855 edition. Unlike subsequent versions, where Barnum banished some of the more disquieting stories and events of his life, the original edition offers the most unvarnished account of Barnum's career up until that time. In addition to Barnum's life story, this edition reprints fourteen additional documents to bring Barnum's entire career to life. These documents include reviews of the autobiography in the popular press; selections from Barnum's other writings; and a handful of other items selected to illuminate parts of his life not captured by the autobiography itself. Following the documents there is a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography to encourage further analysis and research.