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Topsy : The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison
by Michael Daly


Overview - A gripping popular history. Vivid simultaneously fascinating and horrifying" "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
In 1903, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted on Coney Island, and ever since, this bizarre execution has reverberated through popular culture with the whiff of urban legend.
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Overview
A gripping popular history. Vivid simultaneously fascinating and horrifying" "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
In 1903, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted on Coney Island, and ever since, this bizarre execution has reverberated through popular culture with the whiff of urban legend. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6,600 volts of alternating current together. In "Topsy," Michael Daly weaves them together into a fascinating popular history.
The first elephant arrived in America in 1796, but it wasn t until after the Civil War that the circus entered its golden age, thanks especially to P.T. Barnum and Adam Forepaugh (or 4-Paw). With fantastic detail, Daly brings this world to life: caravans, crooks, and side-shows. And he captures the life of the animals, both the cruelties they suffered and, when treated with kindness, their remarkable feats. Rich in period Americana, and full of larger-than-life charactersboth human and elephant"Topsy" is a touching, entertaining read.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802146052
  • ISBN-10: 0802146058
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 369
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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