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The Greatest Liar on Earth by Mark Greenwood
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The Greatest Liar on Earth

by Mark Greenwood

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PSC REVIEW: Libraries! They’re a great source of information as a tramp who spent hours reading the diaries of explorers in the British museum found out. He used that information to create a new career for himself as a traveler who had unbelievable exploits. An Australian author and illustrator have teamed up to tell the incredible story of Louis de Rougemont who made bundles of money telling his story to audiences. His invented exploits even led to an audience with Queen Victoria and a wax likeness at Mad Tussauds. Reporters started investigating his claims and found he was an imposter, Henri Grin. Despite this, people lined up to see his show. The critics prevailed and the charlatan’s tales soon lost their appeal. He tried to revive his crowd appeal with a new show “The World’s Greatest Liar.” But that didn’t work. He ended his life selling books of matches in Piccadilly Circus. An afterword by the author gives a little more detail as well as sources of the information included in the book. ( )
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When Louis de Rougemont steps onto the stage to recount his astonishing experiences, he is forced to confront the consequences of his storytelling.

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