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  • Smallest Giantby Michael Craig

    Allen & Unwin 2005; US$ 27.22

    Michael Craig, a much-loved member of the Australian and international theatrical communities, looks back on his more than fifty years in the hurly burly of show business in this lively and entertaining memoir. more...

  • Under the Big Topby Bruce Feiler

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.24

    Both a great American adventure and a rare entry into asheltered world, Under the Big Top describes one man's pursuit of every child's fantasy: running away to join the circus. Bruce Feiler's unforgettable year as a clown will forever change your view of one of the world's oldest art forms and remind you of how dreams can go horribly wrong -- and... more...

  • The Global Theme Park Industryby S. Anton Clave

    CABI 2007; US$ 70.00

    From the first pleasure gardens to the global theme park companies, this book provides an understanding of the nature and function of theme parks as spaces of entertainment. It portrays the impacts of theme parks as global competitive actors, agents of global development and cultural symbols, in the context of their role in the developing economy. more...

  • Theme Parkby Scott A. Lukas

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 35.00

    Theme parks are a uniquely interactive and enduring form of entertainment that have influenced architecture, technology, and culture in surprising ways for more than a century, as Scott Lukas now reveals in his compelling historical chronicle. Theme Park takes the primitive amusements of pleasure gardens as its starting point and launches from... more...

  • Leisure and Feminist Theoryby Betsy M Wearing

    SAGE Publications 1998; US$ 51.00

    Wide-ranging and challenging, this book offers a host of new insights into how leisure theory has handled the question of gender difference and inequality. Providing a critical introduction to the leading positions in leisure theory, Betsy Wearing guides the reader through their strengths and weaknesses from a feminist perspective. This book draws... more...

  • How Far Do Theme Parks and Attractions Contribute to Social and Economic Sustainability of Destinations?by Ady Milman

    Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2010; US$ 199.00

    This ebook contains 8 papers and examines whether and how theme parks and attractions contribute to the sustainability of destinations. It is hoped that this issue will be useful to theme park managers and executives, government officials, executives in tourism offices, as well as researchers, students and teachers. more...

  • Semiotics at the Circusby Paul Bouissac

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 158.54

    What do circus performances communicate? They are rich in extreme skills and clever staging. They trigger strong emotions. They make beautiful sense. This book, which is grounded in the personal circus experience of the author, uses semiotics, pragmatics, and cultural studies to explain why we are irresistibly drawn to the circus. It shows... more...

  • I Remember Sunnysideby Mike Filey

    Dundurn 1996; US$ 1.50

    This book captures the spirit of the best of times ? a magical era that can be captured only in memory and photographs. more...

  • Clickoby Neil Parsons; Alexander McCall Smith

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    During the 1920s and ?30s, Franz Taibosh?whose stage name was Clicko?performed in front of millions as one of the stars of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Prior to his fame in the United States, Taibosh toured the world as the ?Wild Dancing Bushman,? showing off his frenzied dance moves in freak shows, sideshows, and music halls... more...

  • Secrets of the Sideshowsby Joe Nickell

    The University Press of Kentucky 2005; US$ 19.95

    On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. There they amazed us with daring feats such as fire eating and sword swallowing, intrigued us with exhibitions of human oddities and various "anatomical wonders," and yes, deceived us with illusions such as "Atasha... more...