The Greatest Circus Stories Ever Told : Everyone loves a circus. Whether it's the Big Top or one of the earliest mud shows, the performances are as amusing as they are mysterious. This anthology allows the reader to peek behind the curtain at circuses from as long ago as the 1800s through modern times. This collection is filled with colorful personalities, from clowns to acrobats, tightrope walkers to lion tamers. The circus offers something spectacular for everyone. It is the world in miniature. Some people may visit the show to gawk and stare, while others are seduced by the drama and mystique of the carefully choreographed, yet death-defying performances. Whatever the reason for going to the circus, everyone leaves in awe.