An instant best-seller and hailed as a comic sensation in the satirical spirit of Gulliver's Travels and Tom Jones. The Baron's fantastically exaggerated accounts of war adventures and hunting experiences make this one of the most entertaining books of all time. His astounding feats include riding cannonballs, traveling to the Moon, and pulling himself out of a bog by his own hair. But could they actually be true? "We, the undersigned, do most solemnly affirm, that all the adventures of our friend Baron Munchausen are positive and simple facts. We hope all true believers will give him their full faith and credence. (signed) GULLIVER. SINBAD. ALADDIN." The author himself led a life worthy of a tall tale: naturalist, antiquarian, scholar, and thief, his name figures with Daniel Defoe and Johnathan Swift as one of the great "travel liars.