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

 

Ringling, The Last Laugh
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

 

Three Ringlings in Montana by Lee Rostad
Three Ringlings in Montana
by Lee Rostad

 

Ringling: The Florida Years, by David C. Weeks
Ringling: The Florida Years
by David C. Weeks

 

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

 

Step Right This Way - The Photographs of Edward J. Kelty
Step Right This Way: The: The Photographs of Edward J. Kelty
by Edward J. Kelty
Miles Barth
Alan M. Siegel
Hoagland, Edward

 

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

 

American Legends: The Life of P.T. Barnum
American Legends: The Life of P.T. Barnum
by Charles River

 

The Life of P. T. Barnum, Written by Himself
The Life of P. T. Barnum, Written by Himself

 

P. T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman
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.
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous
Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
by Candace Fleming.

 

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

 

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

 

The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of Aerialists
The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of Aerialists
by Maureen Brunsdale

 

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

 

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

 

American Circus: An Illustrated History
American Circus:
An Illustrated History
by John Culhane

 

Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the Circus
Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the Circus
by W.C. Coup

 

American Circus Posters
American Circus Posters
(Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
by Charles Philip Fox

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Circus Train
America's Greatest
Circus Train
by Bruce C. Nelson

 

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

 

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

 

Mud Show: Fred Powledge
Mud Show: A Circus Season
by Fred Powledge

 

 

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

 

Pictorial History of Performing Horses
A Pictorial History of Performing Horses:
by Charles Philip Fox

 

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

 

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

 

Traveling Showman
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 Earth

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

 

Tall Tales of a Short Clown by Barry Lubin

Tall Tales of a Short Clown
by Barry Lubin

 

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

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

 

Life Is A Circus
by Shirley Carrol O'Conner

 

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
by Linda Simon

 

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

 

A Balanced Life
by Johnny Yong

 

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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 Chapman
Circus Buffoon
by Danny Chapman

 

Balancing Act by Sarah Chapman
Balancing Act:
Memoir of a Florida Youth
by Sarah Chapman

 

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

 

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

 

Jumbo: This Being the True Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World
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 Sutherland
Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
by John Sutherland

 

The American Circus by Susan Weber
The American Circus
by Susan Weber

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sideshow Books

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

 

sideshow freaks drew friedman
Drew Friedman's
Sideshow Freaks
by Drew Friedman

 

Freak Sideshow Banner Art
Freak Show:
Sideshow Banner Art
by Gideon Bosker

 

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

 

American Sideshow
American Sideshow
by Marc Hartzman

 

Tattooed Lady
The Tattooed Lady: A History
by Amelia Klem Osterud

 

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

 

shocked and amazed james taylor
James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed: On & Off the Midway
by James Taylor

 

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

 

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

 

freaks geeks and strange girls
Freaks, Geeks, And Strange Girls
by Teddy Varndell

 

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

 

Carny Folk
Carny Folk
by Francine Homberger

 

Secrets of the Sideshows by Joe Nickell
Secrets of the Sideshows
by Joe Nickell

 

Freaks by Daniel Mannix
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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