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

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 353 pages
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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About the author (2007)

Brian Francis Wynne Garfield was born in New York City on January 26, 1939. He attended the University of Arizona and served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves from 1957-1965. He wrote his first book, Range Justice, when he was 18 years old. He went on to write more than 70 books including westerns, mysteries, and nonfiction. His novels included Death Wish, Gun Down, and Death Sentence. Hopscotch won an Edgar Award and was adapted into a film in 1980, which Garfield also wrote. The Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1969. Nineteen of his works were made into films or TV shows. He died after a battle with Parkinson's disease on December 29, 2018 at the age of 79.

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