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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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 expos'--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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132.1 x 200.7 x 20.3mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0143035444
  • 9780143035442
  • 502,495

About Michael Farquhar

Michael Farquhar is a writer and editor at the Washington Post specializing in history. He is the author of the bestsellers A Treasury of Great American Scandals and A Treasury of Royal Scandals. He appeared on the History Channel's Russia, Land of the Tsars and will be featured on a forthcoming program about the French Revolution.
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