What are the best non-fiction books about circus?

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    #1The Circus

    The Circus

    The Circus: 1870s–1950s is a non-fiction book Noel Daniel and Dominique Jando. This was originally published in 2008. This book focuses on the history of the circus.

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    Helen Smith
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book tells everything you'll ever have to know about circus's . It's the mother of all circus books. Highly recommend."
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    #2The Circus Age

    The Circus Age
    The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top is a historical non-fiction book written by Janet M. Davis. This was published in 2002. In this book, the author discusses various top performances in the circus industry.
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    Christopher Crawford
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "What a strange book about a strange time. The circus in the nineteenth-century was reality TV before it’s time. Not only were there wild animals, but the wild people, or freaks as they called them. It is a startling exposition of strange days indeed, and I loved every page."
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    #3Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline

    Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline
    Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline is an autobiography book written by Tiny Kline and edited by Janet M. Davis. It is about the life and career of Tiny Kline.

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    Nancy Ray
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline written by Tiny Kline and edited by Janet M. Davis. It is not necessarily a non-fiction book, but it does involve the circus. As a memoir it's alright, but not a solution for the best non-fiction books about the circus."
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    #4The Big Tent

    The Big Tent

    The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930 is a non-fiction book written by Gregory J. Renoff. In this book, the author discusses the perspectives of the audience as they watch or hear about the circus.

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    Brandon Hamilton
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I like documentaries on weird subject and what could be weirder than the history of a circus? This book covers a Circus in Georgia, which is obvious because the name. But it's really interesting see how everything panes out in their rise to fame. It's a good read, but it kinda felt redundant at times, like I was being fed the same info over and over again."
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    #5Life in a Three-Ring Circus

    Life in a Three-Ring Circus

    Life in a Three-Ring Circus: Posters and Interviews is a non-fiction book written by Sharon Lee Smith. This was published in 2001. In this book, the author highlights the association of Indianaís with the industry of circus.

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    Tyler Adams
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a very nice historical book of circus posters. I think this would make a very nice coffee table book."
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    #6Spangles, Elephants, Violets & Me: The Circus Inside Out

    Spangles, Elephants, Violets & Me: The Circus Inside Out

    Spangles, Elephants, Violets & Me: The Circus Inside Out is a memoir written by Victoria B. Cristiani Rossi. In this book, the author highlights her life and circus career.

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    Crystal Richardson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "As someone who kind of always fantasized about running away and joining the circus, I absolutely loved this book. It let me live vicariously through Victoria's experiences without all the associated risks of changing lanes in life, it feels like taking a peek into another world, and it's awesome."
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    #7Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the Circus

    Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the Circus

    Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the Circus is a book about circus written by William Cameron Coup. This book was originally published in 1901.

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    Laura Peterson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I wanted to know how circuses came to be, and Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the Circus really opened my eyes to just that. I was surprised with a lot of the stories, as some were better than I expected and some were a lot worse. Circuses today are not like the early circuses, but they would not be here without the trials and errors explained in this book."
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    #8The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus

    The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus
    The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus is a historical non-fiction book written by Linda Simon. This book was originally published in 2014.
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    Patricia Lopez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Very informative, verging on fascinating. The author has a very dry way of writing, which kind of takes the magic out of the circus, but is easy to read. Great book if you're researching."
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    #9The Circus Fire

    The Circus Fire

    The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy is a historical novel written by renowned author Stewart O'Nan. It was published in 2001 and is about the tragedy of the Hartford circus fire of 1944.

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    Jose Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is about the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performance, when the big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control. More than 8,000 people were trapped inside, and the ensuing disaster would eventually take 167 lives. What a sad event to happen."

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Best What are the best non-fiction books about circus
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The CircusBooks 43 Paid
2The Circus AgeBooks 38 Paid
3Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny KlineBooks 36 Paid
4The Big TentBooks 33 Paid
5Life in a Three-Ring CircusBooks 31 Paid
6Spangles, Elephants, Violets & Me: The Circus Inside OutBooks 30 Paid
7Sawdust & Spangles Stories & Secrets of the CircusBooks 28 Paid
8The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the CircusBooks 25 Paid
9The Circus FireBooks 17 Paid
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