‘Circus Mania’ Book Review

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on August 22, 2011

Circus Mania!
By Douglas McPherson
Softcover, 230 pages ($28.95)

One of the most durable of diversions, the circus has been around since Roman times and now takes shape in a variety of formats, from traditional, kid-centric “big top” tent extravaganzas to cirque-style stage exhibitions for grownups. This lively, fact-filled, well-researched guide to circus history, tradition and culture pulls back the curtains and takes readers inside the teeming world of trapeze daredevils, clowns, animal handlers and other performers with centuries of “circus blood” coursing in their veins.

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