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May 05 , 2008

P.T. Barnum’s Big Picture Book of Humbugs of the World (Illustrated)


  • The editors have lavishly illustrated this brand-new, oversized edition – plus added three colorful appendices: Famous Hoaxes, Sideshow Oddities, and a rare collection of Circus Posters.

The ultimate showman and master of the humbug, Phineas Taylor Barnum has collected in this volume a clown car stuffed with delightful anecdotes, yarns, and tales about the greatest humbugs and hoaxes ever perpetrated. Here you will meet impostors, charlatans, and deceptors - all pulling off a scam of one sort or another. Sometimes they’re driven by greed, other times by the sport of pulling it off. This book offers a parade of history’s con men and conjurers, religious nuts and swindlers, complete with Barnum’s insightful commentary.

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