By Michael Farquhar
We may perhaps say that honesty is the simplest coverage, yet history—to say not anything of industrial, politics, and the media—suggests in a different way. during this infinitely citable booklet, the writer of 2 bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts a few of the maximum deceptions of all time. With what solid record did the Vatican lay declare to a lot of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do hundreds of thousands nonetheless think the obscure doggerel that Nostradamus befell as prophecy? Organizing his fabric through subject (con artists, the clicking, army trickery, clinical fraud, imposters, nice escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in every thing from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s thirty-year loopy act.
A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy exposé—and celebration—of lying.
A Treasury of Deception additionally includes:
• Ten tricksters from scripture
• Ten nice liars in literature
• Ten egregious examples of contemporary American doublespeak
• Ten vintage deceptions from Greek mythology
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A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds by Michael Farquhar