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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...

  • Fighting The Flamesby Lynn K. Sally

    Routledge 2006; US$ 65.00

    Contextualizes, historicizes, and theorizes the performance of fire at turn-of-the-twentieth century Coney Island. The performance of fire included staged exhibits, such as ''Fire and Flames'' and ''Fighting the Flames'', and the real fires that plagued its history. more...

  • Confessions of a Showmanby Gerry Cottle; Helen Batten

    Vision Paperbacks 2007; US$ 9.99

    Gerry Cottle, a stockbroker's son, ran away to join the circus when he was just 15 and soon married into Britain's oldest circus dynasty. In time he was the owner of the biggest circus in the world until his growing cocaine addiction led to his arrest and bankruptcy. 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...

  • The Kid of Coney Islandby Woody Register

    Oxford University Press, USA 2001; US$ 26.99

    A generation before Walt Disney, Fred Thompson was the "boy-wonder" of American popular amusements. At the turn of the 20th century, Thompson's entrepreneurial drive made him into an entertainment mogul who helped to define the popular culture of his day. In this lively biography, cultural historian Woody Register tells the remarkable... more...

  • Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kiteby Jeffrey Lee

    Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.95

    Knowing how to fold a paper airplane can make you a better parent! Well, maybe not better, but you?ll certainly have more fun with your children, who understandably assume that you know how to do just about everything. If they only knew! Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite is for parents who want to teach their children what they really want... more...

  • Leisure and Feminist Theoryby Betsy M Wearing

    SAGE Publications 1998; US$ 64.00

    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...

  • The Rise of the American Circus, 1716–1899by S.L. Kotar; J.E. Gessler

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00

    To both young and old, the circus remains an icon of American entertainment, a wholesome pastime untouched by the passing years. But the modern circus, with its three rings, ringmaster, animals, and acrobats, is the product of nearly three hundred years of evolution. This intriguing work chronicles the history of the American circus from its roots... more...

  • King of the Cowboysby Ty Murray; Steve Eubanks

    Atria Books 2010; Not Available

    The most famous rodeo champion of all time tells his amazing true story -- and opens a fascinating window into the world of the professional cowboy. Ty Murray was born to be a rodeo star -- in fact, his first words were "I'm a bull rider." Before he was even out of diapers, he was climbing atop his mother's Singer sewing machine case, which just so... more...

  • Amusement Parksby Dianne Irving

    Shell Education 2009; US$ 8.99

    Explore amusement parks and some of the most thrilling roller coasters around the world while discovering concepts of perimeter and area. Amusement Parks explains how measuring perimeter and area helps in the planning and construction of amusement parks and helps to ensure fun and safety for guests. more...