Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders

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A fascinating exploration of the varieties of faking, from its historical root in satire and con artistry to its current boom in popularity. Including tales from the New York Sun's 1835 moon hoax, to Maliszewski's own satiric letters which he duplicitously sent to his editor whilst working as a reporter, and the invented poet Ern Malley, he explains why fakers almost always find believers and flourish. Since 1997, the author has researched fakers, asking why they disembled and how believers were fooled. Fakers exposes much about belief, forgery and truth.
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2009.
ISBN: 9781595584229
Branch Call Number: 001.95 MALISZEW
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 20 cm.


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Aug 25, 2018

Some interesting content but put together in a disjointed style, mostly pertaining to journalistic and literary frauds.

Jul 31, 2012

First off, this wasn't the book I was expecting. I wanted more about cons and others who present fake images of themselves, in person. This book tends more to literary frauds.
My second comment is that, despite the reviews to the contrary, there isn't all that much analysis. In some places he goes beyond asking very interesting questions, but not often, and three of the sections are simply transcribed, hardly introduced interviews.


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