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A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the… (2005)

by Michael Farquhar

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Exactly what it says on the cover. I think the book would have benefited from a tighter focus, or an overall arc. Instead, it bounces between a variety of lies, scams, hoaxes, and tricks without any dramatic pressure or overarching ideas.

Entertaining, but shallow. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
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All that deceives may be said to enchant. --Plato
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For my mom and dad, who (except about Santa Claus) have always told me the truth.
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Introduction: "Beauty is truth," Keats wrote, "truth beauty."
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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 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

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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.--From publisher description.… (more)

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