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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 then miraculously come true.
Praise for UNDER THE BIG TOP“A stunning collective portrait of an ingrown community with its own history, hierarchy, and traditions.”
-The New Yorker
-New York Times
“Bruce Feiler is a keen and thoughtful observer...he forces circus goers to see the familiar spectacles anew.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A colorful, sometimes unsettling, pageant of circus life.”
“As irresistible as cotton candy, as attention-grabbing as the death-defying trapeze act.”
“A gritty, haunting story.”
-Christian Science Monitor
“A mud and sweat-filled, but ultimately loving portrait of the circus.”
-New York Post
-Chattanooga Free Press
“Writing beautifully...Bruce Feiler penetrates the heart and soul of circus life with such stark clarity.”
-Douglas Brinkley, author of The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey
“A three ring triumph...the best book ever written about the circus.”
-Jim Foster, editor of The White Tops