The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal Fraud

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 353 pages
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Tall, handsome, charming Col. Richard Meinertzhagen (1878-1967) was an acclaimed British war hero, a secret agent, and a dean of international ornithology. His exploits inspired three biographies, movies have been based on his life, and a square in Jerusalem is dedicated to his memory. Meinertzhagen was trusted by Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, T. E. Lawrence, Elspeth Huxley, and a great many others. He bamboozled them all. Meinertzhagen was a fraud. Many of the adventures recorded in his celebrated diaries were imaginary, including a meeting with Hitler while he had a loaded pistol in his pocket, an attempt to rescue the Russian royal family in 1918, and a shoot-out with Arabs in Haifa when he was seventy years old. True, he was a key player in Middle Eastern events after World War I, and during the 1930s he represented Zionism's interests in negotiations with Germany. But he also set up Nazi front organizations in England, committed a half-century of major and costly scientific fraud, and -- oddly -- may have been innocent of many killings to which he confessed (e.g., the murder of his own polo groom -- a crime of which he cheerfully boasted, although the evidence suggests it never occurred at all). Further, he may have been guilty of at least one homicide of which he professed innocence. A compelling read about a flamboyant rogue, The Meinertzhagen Mystery shows how recorded history reflects not what happened, but what we believe happened.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER 1LEGEND
CHAPTER 2HAVERSACK
CHAPTER 3NANDI
CHAPTER 4SYCE
CHAPTER 5TANGA
CHAPTER 6NAIROBI
CHAPTER 10ESPIONAGE
CHAPTER 11BIRDS
CHAPTER 12WARFARE
CHAPTER 13KENSINGTON
GLOSSARY
NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

CHAPTER 7ZION
CHAPTER 8ADRIFT
CHAPTER 9FAMILY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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The author of more than seventy books, Brian Garfield (b. 1939) is one of the country's most prolific writers of thrillers, westerns, and other genre fiction. Raised in Arizona, Garfield found success at an early age, publishing his first novel when he was only eighteen. After time in the army, a few years touring with a jazz band, and earning an MA from the University of Arizona, he settled into writing fulltime. Garfield is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America, and the only author to have held both offices. Nineteen of his novels have been made into films, including "Death Wish "(1972), "The Last Hard Men" (1976), and "Hopscotch" (1975), for which he wrote the screenplay. To date, his novels have sold over twenty million copies worldwide. He and his wife live in California.

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