Born in Meklong, Bangkok, on May 11, 1811, they were the original Siamese Twins, inseparably joined.  Chang and Eng became world celebrities, American citizens, married two sisters (fathering 21 children between them) and acquired respectable status as land owners and farmers.  They could swim, perform gymnastic feats and lead ‘normal’ lives.  Eng was quiet, even-tempered and contemplative; Chang was hot-headed and quarrelsome.  As they grew older each dreamed of a separate life but feared the risky operation and whether the death of one would mean the death of the other. Their fascinating story is told here with insight and warmth so that the reader understands how bizarre, heroic, tragic and human their lives were. With excellent historic black and white photgraphs.