A History of Ambition in 50 Hoaxes (History in 50)
Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing, 06.09.2016 - 288 Seiten
What do the Trojan Horse, Piltdown Man, Keely Motor Company, and Ponzi Scheme have in common? They were all famous hoaxes, carefully designed and bolstered with false evidence.
The con artists in this book pursued a variety of ambitions—making money, winning wars, mocking authority, finding fame, trading an ordinary life for a glamorous one—but they all chose the lowest, fastest road to get there. Every hoax is a curtain, and behind it is a deceiver operating levers and smoke machines to make us see what is not there and miss what is. As P.T. Barnum knew, you can short-circuit critical thinking in any century by telling people what they want to hear. Most scams operate on a personal scale, but some have shaped the balance of world power, inspired explorers to sail uncharted seas, derailed scientific progress, or caused terrible massacres. A HISTORY OF AMBITION IN 50 HOAXES guides us through a rogue’s gallery of hustlers, liars, swindlers, imposters, scammers, pretenders, and cheats. In Gale Eaton’s wide-ranging synthesis, the history of deception is a colorful tour, with surprising insights behind every curtain.
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A History of Ambition in 50 HoaxesNutzerbericht - Publishers Weekly
This addition to the History in 50 series explores hoaxes and the motivations behind them. “There is something artistic about a fine hoax,” Eaton writes. “Like a good novel or a conjurer’s trick, it ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
A HISTORY OF AMBITION IN 50 HOAXESNutzerbericht - Kirkus
Hoaxes are a lot of fun, tell us much about ourselves, and sometimes, just sometimes, change the course of history.As part of the History in 50 Series, which seeks to present history through ... Vollständige Rezension lesen