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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Creation; Revised edition (April 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840681608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840681604
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not merely for the curiosity seeker. The author takes great pains to humanize the very human subjects included, and it leaves the reader less inclined to think of them as "freaks" and more worthy of compassion. These were very interesting people, living in very different times.

Furthermore, this updated edition includes Sir Frederick Treves' original case study of "The Elephant Man "(Joseph Carey Merrick, whom Treves insists on calling "John"). There is a bonus appendix discussing Tod Browning and his swan-song film, "Freaks". And best of all (in addition to a very clinical "freak" autopsy report from 1891) is a reprint of the short story, "Spurs" by Tod Robbins that provided the basis for Browning's cult classic film, "Freaks".
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I just started reading it, but cant believe the horrendous stuff that people used to do to other people. Im reading the introduction and it is talking about kings and noble people who purposely made amputees of people for their harems! Dwarves and giants were collected.
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Covered a lot of information about the history of mankinds obsessions with "Freaks", including manmade freaks in the 1600's. I found it a fascinating book, and well written.
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I know that the smiling, mammory unchallenged lady on the cover is a fake, but the majority of the other people in this book were real, documented circus exhibits. (freaks sounds too harsh).

The book was a good read with more pictures than most.
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Actually, for a book which claims to give an historical account of freakshows, this is not accurate at all - for example, the part about The Great Omi has some mistakes. But its a quite helpful book in terms of reference, since it cites a lots of important works about teratology.
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Good and disturbing read...the pictures are horrifying and cause one to pause and be thankful one doesn't have the fate these people did. After doing extensive research in "disabilities" in general, I had to look at further readings, much better
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i have seen a lot of freakshows and books on the subject.. i really thought i had seen everything! this book proved that i had not seen everything!!!!! you won't ever forget what you see in this book!!!!
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I bought this trying to recreate my own version of the "freak book" episode from "curb your enthusiasm" but this book doesn't capture big & bold images of freaks like I would have imagined. There are however a few disturbing images that will stick with you, including a man with his genitals in knots. This book may not be everything I hoped it would be, but it still was fun to buy for someone else, and it may be fun for you too, if you have a similarly dark sense of humor.
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