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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Strategic Recreation Managementby Jay Shivers; Joseph W. Halper

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 52.95

    Strategic Recreation Management is a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the fundamental principles, managerial techniques and practices in the public administration of recreational services. It covers every key facet of public management as it concerns recreational service, including organizational, operational, planning, developmental,... more...

  • Women of the American Circus, 1880-1940by Katherine H. Adams; Michael L. Keene

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 49.95

    During the years 1880 to 1940, the glory days of the American circus, a third to a half of the cast members were women--a large group of very visible American workers whose story needs telling. This book, using sources such as diaries, autobiographies, newspaper accounts, films, posters, and route books, first considers the popular media's presentation... more...

  • Recreation for the Disabled Childby Donna Bernhardt Bainbridge

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 150.00

    This valuable book deals with the recreation activities for the disabled, including skiing, horseback riding, running, camping, water sports, and team sports. Experts examine competitive spirit, training, and the psychological benefits of recreational activities for the disabled child. Program development, evaluation, and instruction are discussed. more...

  • Hidden Mickeys Go To Seaby Steven M. Barrett

    The Intrepid Traveler 2013; US$ 6.99

    Images of Mickey Mouse are hidden all around the Disney Cruise Line?s four ships and private island, Castaway Cay. Searching for them adds extra fun to any Disney cruise. In this new edition, ?Hidden Mickey Guy,? Steven M. Barrett, brings his sea-going guide up-to-date with hunts for the line?s newest ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy,... more...

  • The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney Worldby Aaron Wallace

    The Intrepid Traveler 2013; US$ 7.99

    A different kind of guidebook that leaves out the usual ephemera on trip planning, ticket prices, restaurants, and shopping to concentrate on what visitors to Magic Kingdom came to see ? the rides and attractions. Each attraction gets its own essay covering the history and lore behind it along with a serious discussion of the attraction as a work... more...

  • The Architecture of Pleasureby Josephine Kane

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 119.95

    This book considers the relationship between popular modernity, pleasure and the amusement park landscape in Britain from 1900-1939. Focusing on three sites - Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Dreamland in Margate and Southend's Kursaal - the book contextualises their development with references to the wider amusement park world. The meanings of these... more...