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About the Author

Legendary American showman, writer, and famed organizer of ''The Greatest Show on Earth". He bought and rebuilt the American Museum in New York in 1842. His most renowned books are ''Struggles and Triumphs", and ''Art of Money-Getting".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Read How You Want (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425023185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425023188
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,322,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennie Harris on February 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
We all know PT Barnum for this circus. What we don't know is the man behind the circus. This book shares some insight into that. There is a lot more depth than you'd expect. He is more than "a sucker is born every minute" (which he didn't even say, by the way). What you get here is his philosophy of work, money, and life. Good advice you may have heard before but interesting in this concept. Like staying out of dept, for example. Over 100 years old and it still applies today. Finding your path, treating people well, etc. I got a lot more out of this than I expected and it gave me new insight as to the man PT Barnum was.
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Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 - April 7, 1891), American showman who is best remembered for his entertaining hoaxes and for founding the circus that eventually became Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

In Brooklyn, New York in 1871, he established "P.T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus", a traveling amalgamation of circus, menagerie and museum of "freaks", which by 1872 was billing itself as "The Greatest Show on Earth".

There's a sucker born every minute" is a phrase often credited to P.T. Barnum. However, when Barnum's biographer tried to track down when Barnum had uttered this phrase, all of Barnum's friends and acquaintances told him it was out of character. Barnum's credo was more along the lines of "there's a customer born every minute" -- he wanted to find ways to draw new customers in all the time because competition was fierce and people bored easily

Barnum wrote several books, including The Humbugs of the World (1865), Struggles and Triumphs (1869), and his Autobiography (first in 1854, and later editions including 1869).

The Art of Money Getting is really the story of how to run a sales organization by understanding the mind and tastes of your primary customer base.

Barnum is a treat to read and is never boring! I highly recommend his books.
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I loved this book from start to finish. Being a business/management major I must say that I found this book to have lots of little snippets of wisdom that are still valuable today. I don't want to spoil anything for someone reading this review who is considering buying this book, but if there is one part from the book that I would share it was the part on "first choose your location, then choose your occupation, but get both correct..." I am paraphrasing here, but P.T. Barnum goes on to discuss how he once saw a man trying to be an entertainer in England and how he wasn't making much money, but "...he had all the talent a man could ask for..." at which point he realized the man had "correctly" chosen his OCCUPATION, but had yet to properly choose his LOCATION...

Long story short Barnum offered the man a job in the States and he became very wealthy...

This book is filled with lots of small anecdotal stories that teach lessons and offer advice. Frankly, I was astonished given how much you hear about the incorrectly attributed Barnum quote of "a sucker is born every day" etc. etc. I thought that P.T. Barnum would have seemed much more malicious. Frankly, I think he comes off as literate and wise...and even willing to share that knowledge...
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A superb book and absolutely essential reading for anyone serious about making a success in business, or indeed a success in life in general. There are indeed many books about self motivation and success on the market and some are very good indeed, but this one stands out and should be a tool in every serious minded entrepreneurs arsenal. I can also recommend Napoleon Hill's classic Think and Grow Rich and anyone into sales and marketing, check out Simon Ashley Richmond's WRITE AGAIN VOL 1, not strictly a business book, but what bizarre ideas that man has for persistent sales tactics.
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I have heard of PT Barnum, I mean seriously, who hasn't? His famous quote "There is a sucker born every minute" is known by almost everyone. I always thought he was a shady circus hawker trying to rip off kids of the dimes in their pockets so they could see the bearded lady. After reading this book, I may have to reconsider my assumption.

I came across this book while trying out new apps on my DROID X It has a Kindle reader app, so I was looking for books to try. I found this one for free. Yes, free. I must say when I saw the free price I thought "Well I am probably going to get what I paid" but I was very surprised to find this gem of a book. There is a lot of value here.

There are many lessons in this book. Do not get into debt. Do not co-sign loans without getting collateral, which is there because he feels money that comes too easily is soon lost, and that means you lose too because you are guaranteeing the loan. Treat people well. Do what you are meant to do, or at least do what interests you. Do what you know about. Do you want to be rich, or just appear to be rich?

If you are looking to be a success in business, or a success in life, read this book. If you have been trying to succeed, read this book and try to figure out which rule of PT's you are breaking, and get to fixing it.

This is a very short book and can be easily read in one sitting, even if you are a slow reader and move your lips while you read. Plus with the "free" price tag, you cannot afford not to read this book.

Now I need to find some other books on PT Barnum, because he sounds like a very interesting person.
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