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Ringling: The Florida Years, 1911-1936 Paperback – October 1, 1993
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This book is a mesmerizing tale of how John Ringling grew up and with his brothers invented the Greatest Show on Earth. Upon choosing Sarasota to be his winter headquarters, he helped change a sleepy little fishing village into the wonderfully charming and culturally rich city Sarasota is today. Much of what Ringling did to shape Sarasota, sell real estate to northerners, lure the rich and famous to town, develop the barrier islands and build bridges to them, amass priceless works of historically important works of art (which he left to the people of Florida) are told in this book. It also tells the tragedies of Ringling's personal and business life.
Its a great read, a real page turner for those that love history, Sarasota, or the circus. Its published by University Press of Florida which should tell of the quality of the research.
Just how good a read is it? I devoured it, which is normal for me if it is a great book. But my wife, who grew up in New Jersey, who has only visited Sarasota to see my family, who falls asleep in movies and while reading more then 2 pages, SHE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK during a week while we were on vacation in Sarasota. My wife is not a reader. If its not something needed to be read for her career she doesn't read. This is the ONLY book my wife has found enjoying enough to read in the 13 years since I've known her and that includes her trying to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which is a page turner. Its a wonderful read and so far the best book I have found on Sarasota history.
Overall, the book gives great details from John Ringling's life in traveling through Wisconsin, New York, and Europe; all the while entertaining millions. The writer also gives some insight to how John Ringling operated his business and his financial empire, which was like a roller coaster. John Ringling built up a wonderful empire, which during the 1920's was reported to have been one of top 10 wealthiest Americans. Tragically, though Ringling was a classic case of poor liquidity (i.e., asset rich though little or poor levels of hard cash reserves). At Ringling's death he had only $300 dollars cash with million of dollars locked-up in a magnificent art collection. Overall, I truly recommend reading this interesting book.
Ringling is a good read if you are interested in the development of Southwest Florida or in the world of the rich and famous of the 1920s.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was interested in reading this book after touring the home of John and Mabel Ringling, C'a D'Zan in Sarasota, FL. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Crystal Goodwin
This was a gift for my husband. He thoroughly enjoyed the history!Published 18 months ago by Deborah A. Maichle
quality item hardly used very impressed. Not used or abused, clean and free of stains. Lots of life left. Thank youPublished on June 17, 2013 by Stephen Lane
John Ringling was so much more than just a circus magnate. This is a must read for those who enjoy biographies of people who made USA great.Published on March 21, 2013 by Laura L Otte