Weeks, who lectures at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, presents a serviceable account of one of the famous Ringling brothers, John Nicholas, from his move to Sarasota in 1911 until his death in 1936. The book begins with a comprehensive overview of Florida's economy in the early 20th century. Ringling wintered his circus in Sarasota and thus became involved with the development of the city during the 1920s. However, during the early years of the Depression, Ringling suffered from ill health and financial problems. After his death, his estate was in probate for many years, resulting in the near loss of his legacy to the state of Florida. This book provides an excellent description of Florida, economically and socially, during the boom and depression of the 1920s and 1930s and should appeal to general readers interested in economic and social history.
- H. Denyse Seaman, Baylor Univ. Law Lib., Waco, Tex.
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John Ringling's life would make a fine melodramatic movie. First of all he was a consummate showman, taking the Ringling family legacy to ever-higher achievements, but he was not content with the circus and made investments in real estate and art and built a fabulous home for his young second wife. Weeks shows Ringling's very considerable effects on Florida's Gulf Coast--Sarasota, particularly; Ringling ran his circus, bought and sold thousands of acres, developed the barrier islands, and established a first-rate art museum, his most lasting achievement. The Depression and ill health brought Ringling down; arguments among his creditors went on long after his death. An exemplary biography. John Mort --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This was a gift for my husband. He thoroughly enjoyed the history!Published 8 months ago by Deborah A. Maichle
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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