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Pioneers of Promotion: How Press Agents for Buffalo Bill, P. T. Barnum, and the World's Columbian Exposition Created Modern Marketing

Narrated by: Kirk Winkler
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: History, American
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The average American today is bombarded with as many as 5,000 advertisements a day. The sophisticated and persuasive marketing tactics that companies use may seem a recent phenomenon, but Pioneers of Promotion tells a different story. In this lively narrative, business history writer Joe Dobrow traces the origins of modern American marketing to the late 19th century when three charismatic individuals launched an industry that defines our national culture. 

Transporting listeners back to a dramatic time in the late 1800s, Dobrow spotlights a trio of men who reshaped our image of the West and earned national fame: John M. Burke of Buffalo Bill's Wild West, Tody Hamilton of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Moses P. Handy of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Drawing on scores of original source materials, Dobrow brings to light the surprisingly sophisticated techniques of these Gilded Age press agents. 

Using mostly newspapers - plus a good deal of moxie, emotional suasion, iconic imagery, and to be sure, alcohol - Burke, Hamilton, and Handy each devised ways to promote celebrities, attract huge crowds, and generate massive news coverage. As a result, a plainsman named William F. Cody became more famous than the president of the United States, a traveling circus turned into the Greatest Show on Earth, and a world's fair attracted more than 27 million visitors. 

Tapping his practitioners knowledge of marketing and promotion, Dobrow reintroduces listeners to Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show, P. T. Barnum and his circus, and the greatest of all worlds fairs.

©2018 University of Oklahoma Press (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

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