25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Q&A | August 19, 2014

Richard Kadrey: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Richard Kadrey



Describe your latest book. The Getaway God is the sixth book in the Sandman Slim series. In it, the very unholy nephilim, James Stark, aka Sandman... Continue »
  1. $17.49 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$13.95
List price: $19.99
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Children's Nonfiction- US History

More copies of this ISBN

The Giant and How He Humbugged America

by

The Giant and How He Humbugged America Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Two-time Newbery Honor Book author has written an amazing account of one of America's most famous hoaxes!

When a 10-foot tall purported "petrified man" is unearthed from a backyard in upstate New York in 1869, the discovery immediately turns into a spectacle of epic proportions. News of the giant spreads like wildfire, and well over a thousand people come to view him in the first five days alone!

Everyone has their own idea of his true origin: Is he an ancient member of the local Onandaga Indian tribe? Is he a biblical giant like Goliath? Soon the interests of world-renowned scientists and people from around the globe are piqued as arguments flare over who he is, where he came from, and if he is real--or just a hoax.

In a riveting account of how the Cardiff Giant mystery snowballed into one of Americas biggest money-making spectacles--and scams--Jim Murphy masterfully explores the power of 19th-century media and the unexpected ripple effect that a single corrupt mastermind can produce when given a stage.

Review:

"Americans eager for diversions in the post — Civil War era were easily taken in by showmen such as P.T. Barnum. In this book, Murphy (The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution) explains how another hoodwinker, George Hull, masterminded the creation and 'discovery' of a giant gypsum statue of a man that had people guessing at its origins — and paying handsomely to see it. The Cardiff Giant, named for the New York town where it was unearthed in 1869, drew thousands of spectators, who believed it to be a petrified man. It even caught the attention of Barnum, who built and made money off a replica. Although a significant number of players are involved, the narrative's 12 chapters move swiftly, with period photos helping to break up the text-heavy pages (printed in brown ink). Contextualizing this scam against the wider backdrop of the Gilded Age, Murphy adeptly explains how hoaxes like the Cardiff Giant helped accelerate reforms, such as the establishment of professional scientific organizations and journals. Ages 10 — 14." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439691840
Author:
Murphy, Jim
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-US History
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

Other books you might like

  1. Bomb: The Race to Build--And...
    New Trade Paper $12.99
  2. The Drowned Cities Sale Trade Paper $7.98
  3. We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham...
    New Hardcover $19.95
  4. A Certain October New Trade Paper $9.99
  5. The Plant Hunters: True Stories of... Used Hardcover $13.95
  6. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A... Used Trade Paper $5.95

Related Subjects

Children's » History » United States » General
Children's » Nonfiction » How Things Work
Children's » Nonfiction » US History
Children's » Peace and Justice
History and Social Science » Americana » General

The Giant and How He Humbugged America Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$13.95 In Stock
Product details 112 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439691840 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Americans eager for diversions in the post — Civil War era were easily taken in by showmen such as P.T. Barnum. In this book, Murphy (The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution) explains how another hoodwinker, George Hull, masterminded the creation and 'discovery' of a giant gypsum statue of a man that had people guessing at its origins — and paying handsomely to see it. The Cardiff Giant, named for the New York town where it was unearthed in 1869, drew thousands of spectators, who believed it to be a petrified man. It even caught the attention of Barnum, who built and made money off a replica. Although a significant number of players are involved, the narrative's 12 chapters move swiftly, with period photos helping to break up the text-heavy pages (printed in brown ink). Contextualizing this scam against the wider backdrop of the Gilded Age, Murphy adeptly explains how hoaxes like the Cardiff Giant helped accelerate reforms, such as the establishment of professional scientific organizations and journals. Ages 10 — 14." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.