Fakers, Forgers & Phoneys: Famous Scams and Scamps

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Masterfully exploring the shadowy world of deception and counterfeiting, this intriguing collection gathers 16 case studies. True tales include a mystery man known by the unlikely name of George Psalmanazar who fooled the London literary world in 1704 with lurid accounts of cannibalism and polygamy in his native island of Formosa, Taiwan; the fabricated "missing link" human skull which was discovered in a gravel pit in 1912; and how an obese cockney adventurer in Australia succeeded in passing himself off as a slim young English aristocrat who had disappeared more than 10 years earlier in 1854. More recent scams unveiled are a house-painter-cum-art-restorer who fooled the art world and became a national TV celebrity in 1979, and a suave London conman who inveigled a struggling artist to become involved in the greatest British art scam of the 20th century.

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Magnus Magnusson's previous titles include Scotland: The Story of a Nation and The Vikings.

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"A lighthearted and entertaining book ... well-researched" The Guardian "Intriguing (Critic's Choice)" Daily Mail "Magnusson is a genial host even on paper, mixing clear expositions with twinkle-eyed knuckle raps for the knaves" New Statesman "A vastly entertaining anthology ... impressively researched and wonderfully well-written" BBC Focus "A brisk, fascinating and delightful volume" Scotland on Sunday

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