A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes, and Frauds
We may say that honesty is the best policy, but history—to say nothing of business, politics, and the media—suggests otherwise. In this infinitely citable book, the author of two bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts some of the greatest deceptions of all time. With what forged document did the Vatican lay claim to much of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do millions still believe the vague doggerel that Nostradamus passed off as prophecy? Organizing his material by theme (con artists, the press, military trickery, scientific fraud, imposters, great escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in everything from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s thirty-year crazy act.
A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy exposé—and celebration—of mendacity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wishanem - LibraryThing
Exactly what it says on the cover. I think the book would have benefited from a tighter focus, or an overall arc. Instead, it bounces between a variety of lies, scams, hoaxes, and tricks without any dramatic pressure or overarching ideas. Entertaining, but shallow. Read full review
A great summer book.User Review - Pathos Verdes - Borders
The book is a collection of many of histories more blatant deceptions. Written with great with and humor, everyone will enjoy this book. Anyone familiar with the series will greatly enjoy this book. Read full review
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Limited preview - 2005