A Treasury of Deception

A Treasury of Deception

Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes, and Frauds

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Penguin Putnam
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.

A Treasury of Deception also includes:

  • Ten tricksters from scripture

  • Ten great liars in literature

  • Ten egregious examples of modern American doublespeak

  • Ten classic deceptions from Greek mythology



Random House, Inc.
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.

A Treasury of Deception also includes:

  • Ten tricksters from scripture

  • Ten great liars in literature

  • Ten egregious examples of modern American doublespeak

  • Ten classic deceptions from Greek mythology



Baker & Taylor
Presents a look at some of the greatest deceptions in history, from the forged document that the Vatican used to lay claim to much of Europe, to the authorship of Hitler's diaries, to other great con artists, imposters, and scientific frauds.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

A Treasury of Deception also includes:

  • Ten tricksters from scripture

  • Ten great liars in literature

  • Ten egregious examples of modern American doublespeak

  • Ten classic deceptions from Greek mythology



Baker
& Taylor

In whimsical survey of human history, the author of A Treasury of Great American Scandals looks back at some of the greatest deceptions of all times, from the forged document that the Vatican used to lay claim to much of Europe, to the authorship of Hitler's diaries, to other great con artists, imposters, scientific frauds, and more. Original.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2005
ISBN: 9780143035442
0143035444
Branch Call Number: 001.95 FAR
Characteristics: 287 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Presents a look at some of the greatest deceptions in history, from the forged document that the Vatican used to lay claim to much of Europe, to the authorship of Hitler's diaries, to other great con artists, imposters, and scientific frauds.


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