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On April 13th, 1796, a frightened two-year-old female elephant lumbered down the plank in New York harbor, thus beginning the eventful history of her species in America. As Robert Tobias tells it, that behemoth story reveals as much about ourselves as it does about mighty pachyderms. He shows that our national interest in oddities extended even elephants to include "educated dogs, industrious fleas, automatons, jugglers, ventriloquists, living statuary, tableaux, gypsies, albinos, fat boys, giants, dwarfs, [and] rope dancers." Behemoth is a large-sized story told well.