History's Greatest Deceptions

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Human history is positively shrouded in the dark arts of deceit and subterfuge. According to the Bible, the story of mankind began with the Serpent’s lie to Eve, and we have happily profited from deceiving our brothers and sisters ever since. No matter the period or place, the religion or ideology, individuals and institutions have schemed and scammed their way into positions of power and wealth, taking full advantage of man’s unique capacity for believing almost anything. With skill and imaginative flair, ...

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Overview

Human history is positively shrouded in the dark arts of deceit and subterfuge. According to the Bible, the story of mankind began with the Serpent’s lie to Eve, and we have happily profited from deceiving our brothers and sisters ever since. No matter the period or place, the religion or ideology, individuals and institutions have schemed and scammed their way into positions of power and wealth, taking full advantage of man’s unique capacity for believing almost anything. With skill and imaginative flair, History’s Greatest Deceptions chronicles the 50 most remarkable tales of fraud and forgery.

Chapters include:

  • Jesus’ Kid Brother: Hong Xiuquan
  • Get-Poor-Quick Summer: Charles Ponzi
  • Fooling Hitler: Operation Fortitude
  • The Real-Life Davinci Code: The Dossiers Secret
  • Come and See What’s on the Slab: Alien Autopsy

This beautifully presented volume includes over 80 photographs, paintings, and illustrations, shedding light on the compelling personalities behind the stories and exploring the motivations behind some of the most ambitiously dishonest acts ever known.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435121140
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/11/2010
  • Edition description: Illustrated
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

A graduate of Cambridge University, Eric Chaline majored in Japanese History at the School or Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London. He is conducting doctoral research in sociology at London’s South Bank University.

His previous publications include The Book of Gods and Goddesses: A Visual Dictionary of Ancient and Modern Deities, Traveler’s Guide to the Ancient World: Ancient Greece and this book’s prequel, History’s Worst Inventions.

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