New PDF release: A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and

By Michael Farquhar

ISBN-10: 0143035444

ISBN-13: 9780143035442

We could 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 publication, the writer of 2 bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts many of the maximum deceptions of all time. With what solid rfile did the Vatican lay declare to a lot of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do hundreds of thousands nonetheless think the imprecise doggerel that Nostradamus occurred as prophecy? Organizing his fabric by way of subject (con artists, the click, army trickery, medical fraud, imposters, nice escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in every little 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 recent American doublespeak
• Ten vintage deceptions from Greek mythology

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