visión de conjunto:Reseña del editor From the humblest of beginnings the Ringling Brothers built and became equal owners of the greatest amusement enterprise in the world's history. The Ringling brothers were seven American siblings of small-town Wisconsin who transformed their small touring company of performers into one of America's largest circuses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1900 Alfred Alf Theodore Ringling (1861–1919) published the book Life Story of the Ringling Brothers. There is no more striking example of a well-defined ambition reaching out toward a distinctive goal and attaining it regardless of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and difficulties than in the story of the Ringling brothers. To be sure the idea of five boys saying to each other We want a circus wasn't much to create more than a laugh among their playfellows; but for them to determine to have a circus and the biggest and finest in the world and then to start getting it and finish by having it makes an altogether different story of the five little boys' dreams. There wasn't much in the wanting to have but there was a great deal in the getting. Of course all this didn't happen- in an hour. There is a great lapse of years between the time when the Ringling boys said We want a circus and the day when the Ringling men could say We have a circus and it is this intervening time between the desire and the realization with which this story deals. It is a wonderful story to write—an adventure in real life a page in the history of America's great men that teems with lessons of patience perseverance and honest effort. It is Caesarian Napoleonic Bismarckian in effort and in accomplishment more than can be said of Alexander. The latter conquered the world but the Ringling brothers pleased it. Alexander with all his conquests could not do this. History records no greater trials than marked the beginning of the career of these great circus men nor does history record a greater triumph than has rewarded them for their labor.