Fakers: An Insider's Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams

Fakers: An Insider's Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams


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From the Trojan horse to fake news, scams have run rampant throughout history and across the globe. Some con artists do it for fun, others for profit. . . and every once in a while, a faker saves the world.

In this era of daily online hoaxes, it's easy to be caught off-guard. Fakers arms kids with information, introducing them to the funniest, weirdest, and most influential cons and scams in human history. Profiles of con artists will get readers thinking about motivation and consequence, and practical tips will help protect them from falsehoods. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is—except in the case of this book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580897433
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 514,778
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

H. P. Wood is the granddaughter of a mad inventor and a sideshow magician. She is also the author of Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, a novel for adults about Coney Island con artists. Fakers is her first book for young readers.

David Clark is the illustrator of more than fifteen books for children, including Higgins Hole by Kevin Boreen, What's for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World by Katherine B. Hauth (a winner of the New Mexico Book Awards), and Pirate Bob by Kathryn Lasky. He is also the illustrator and co-creator of the syndicated comic strip Barney & Clyde. He lives in Luray, Virginia.

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There’s no way to know when the first scam took place. I like to imagine that one of our prehistoric ancestors convinced another to trade his collection of shells for a “really great cave” just over the next hill. (Spoiler alert: there was no cave over the next hill.)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Tale as Old as Time vii

Chapter 1 Conjurers and Con Artists: Short Cons 1

Chapter 2 Just Trust Me: Long Cons 13

Chapter 3 Step Right Up! Carnivals and the Prince of Humbug 31

Chapter 4 Mysterious Minds: Spoon Benders and Psychics 45

Chapter 5 Who Are You? Impostors 59

Chapter 6 I Want to Believe: Science Hoaxes 73

Chapter 7 Snake Oil: Deception in Medicine 89

Chapter 8 Gideon's Trumpet: Deception in War 105

Chapter 9 Believe Nothing: Mass-Media Hoaxes 121

Conclusion: News You Can Use 139

Further Reading 146

Quotation Sources 152

Photo Credits 157

Index 159

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