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In 1991, a former U.S. naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper, published Behold the Pale Horse, an extremist manifesto that purported outlandish conspiracist claims, from the Illuminati, to JFK, to predictions of extraterrestrial invasions, perpetuating a cult of conspiracy and mistrust that persists to this day. In the Pale Horse ...
Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America
In 1991, a former U.S. naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper, published Behold the Pale Horse, an extremist manifesto that purported outlandish conspiracist claims, from the Illuminati, to JFK, to predictions of extraterrestrial invasions, perpetuating a cult of conspiracy and mistrust that persists to this day. In the Pale Horse Rider, journalist Mark Jacobson not only tells the story of Cooper's fascinating life, that ended in a fatal shootout in 2001, but provides the social and political context behind America's modern paranoia.
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34.11 USD

Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America

by Mark Jacobson
Hardback
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In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an expos of one of the longest running cons in history. While investigating financial crimes for CNN ...
A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History
In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an expos of one of the longest running cons in history. While investigating financial crimes for CNN Money, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken were intrigued by reports that elderly Americans were giving away thousands of dollars to mail-in schemes. With a little digging, they soon discovered a shocking true story. Victims received personalized letters from a woman who, claiming amazing psychic powers, convinced them to send money in return for riches, good health, and good fortune. The predatory scam has continued unabated for decades, raking in more than $200 million in the United States and Canada alone--with investigators from all over the world unable to stop it. And at the center of it all--an elusive French psychic named Maria Duval. Based on the five-part series that originally appeared on CNN's website in 2016 and was seen by more than three million people, A Deal with the Devil picks up where the series left off as Ellis and Hicken reveal more bizarre characters, follow new leads, close in on Maria Duval, and connect the dots in an edge-of-your-seat journey across the US to England and France. A Deal with the Devil is a fascinating, thrilling search for the truth and is long-form investigative journalism at its best.
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27.300000 USD

A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History

by Melanie Hicken, Blake Ellis
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What's a gal to do when her loaded lover is getting to be a nuisance? Why, just murder him and take all his money, of course. If you want to be fabulously single with tons of cash, just follow the lead of the beautiful and conniving Minnie Wallace Walkup Ketcham, ...
How to Murder Your Wealthy Lovers and Get Away With It: Money & Mayhem in the Gilded Age
What's a gal to do when her loaded lover is getting to be a nuisance? Why, just murder him and take all his money, of course. If you want to be fabulously single with tons of cash, just follow the lead of the beautiful and conniving Minnie Wallace Walkup Ketcham, who left a trail of broken hearts, empty wallets, and corpses. Minnie was just 16 when she stood trial in 1885 for the wrongful death of her first husband, a successful businessman and politician almost 40 years her senior. Despite overwhelming witness testimony that the Creole beauty from New Orleans had purchased the arsenic that killed him, Minnie's own testimony brought the entire courtroom to tears. She was acquitted. Minnie returned to New Orleans with James Walkup's fortune, life insurance, Civil War pension, and all the expensive clothes she had shipped home before he even died. Minnie still didn't have enough cash for her liking, so she successfully targeted, seduced, and murdered two more wealthy older men while evading justice in the courtroom (and escaping her lawyer's fees, too). How to Murder Your Three Wealthy Lovers and Get Away with It is an extraordinary and off-the-wall true story of intrigue, scandal, and murder.
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17.850000 USD

How to Murder Your Wealthy Lovers and Get Away With It: Money & Mayhem in the Gilded Age

by Jane Simon Ammeson
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New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams delves into the surprisingly perilous world of fossil collectors in this riveting true tale. In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: `a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton'. In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar - a close ...
The Dinosaur Artist: obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy
New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams delves into the surprisingly perilous world of fossil collectors in this riveting true tale. In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: `a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton'. In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar - a close cousin to the more-famous T. rex - that had been unearthed in Mongolia. At 2.4 metres high and 7.3 metres long, the specimen was spectacular, and the winning bid was over $1 million. Eric Prokopi, a 38-year-old Floridian, had brought this extraordinary skeleton to market. A one-time swimmer who'd spent his teenage years diving for shark teeth, Prokopi's singular obsession with fossils fuelled a thriving business, hunting for, preparing, and selling specimens to clients ranging from natural-history museums to avid private collectors like Leonardo DiCaprio. But had Prokopi gone too far this time? As the T. bataar went to auction, a network of paleontologists alerted the government of Mongolia to the eye-catching lot. An international custody battle ensued, with Prokopi watching as his own world unravelled. The Dinosaur Artist is a stunning work of narrative journalism about humans' relationship with natural history, and about a seemingly intractable conflict between science and commerce. A story that stretches from Florida's Land O' Lakes to the Gobi Desert, The Dinosaur Artist illuminates the history of fossil collecting - a murky, sometimes risky business, populated by eccentrics and obsessives, where the lines between poacher and hunter, collector and smuggler, and enthusiast and opportunist can easily blur.
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25.58 USD

The Dinosaur Artist: obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy

by Paige Williams
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The riveting account of how Britain's most prolific and versatile forger hoodwinked the art world. In 2007 Shaun Greenhalgh was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for the crime of producing artistic forgeries. Working from a shed in his parents' garden, Greenhalgh could - and did - ...
A Forger's Tale: Confessions of the Bolton Forger
The riveting account of how Britain's most prolific and versatile forger hoodwinked the art world. In 2007 Shaun Greenhalgh was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for the crime of producing artistic forgeries. Working from a shed in his parents' garden, Greenhalgh could - and did - copy it all, from busts of American presidents to Da Vinci drawings, Anglo-Saxon brooches to L.S Lowry paintings, and even a pharaoh's head carved in lapis lazuli using a mini drill bought from Argos. Written in prison, A Forger's Tale details Shaun's notorious career, which fooled institutes including the British Museum, shocked the art world and tantalised the media. Told with great wit and charm, this is the definitive account of Britain's most successful and infamous forger, a man whose love for art saturates every page of this extraordinary memoir.
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15.34 USD

A Forger's Tale: Confessions of the Bolton Forger

by Shaun Greenhalgh
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'I start asking questions. How do you do this? How do you get away with it? How much money do you make from it? Who supports you? Who resists you? And what happens to the people who resist you?' Scam City's Conor Woodman goes undercover to meet the world's dodgiest ...
The Scam Hunter: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City
'I start asking questions. How do you do this? How do you get away with it? How much money do you make from it? Who supports you? Who resists you? And what happens to the people who resist you?' Scam City's Conor Woodman goes undercover to meet the world's dodgiest dealers. Creeping through the lawless backstreets where the black market thrives, he intentionally falls for scam after scam, from back-alley dice games to counterfeit cash. Woodman's risky and occasionally reckless reporting exposes how crooks dupe their unsuspecting victims time and time again. A dark adventure through cities as diverse as Mumbai, Bogota, New Orleans, Barcelona and London, The Scam Hunter is a shocking reminder of who really runs the world's biggest metropolises. A truly electrifying read. Previously published as Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City.
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15.34 USD

The Scam Hunter: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City

by Conor Woodman
Paperback
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Finding Sharon
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11.500000 USD

Finding Sharon

by Matt Birkbeck
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Lie'f
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14.160000 USD

Lie'f

by Luis Martinez
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They Must Be Monsters: A Modern-Day Witch Hunt - The Untold Story of the McMartin Phenomenon: The Longest, Most Expensive Criminal Case in U.S. History
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20.950000 USD

They Must Be Monsters: A Modern-Day Witch Hunt - The Untold Story of the McMartin Phenomenon: The Longest, Most Expensive Criminal Case in U.S. History

by Deric Haddad, Matthew Leroy
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A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History
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36.740000 USD

A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History

by Melanie Hicken, Blake Ellis
CD-Audio
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The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World
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29.390000 USD

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World

by Sarah Weinman
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Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
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17.800000 USD

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime

by Ben Blum
Paperback
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Accident and Deception: The Huey Long Shooting
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21.000000 USD

Accident and Deception: The Huey Long Shooting

by Donald A Pavy
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Malice: The Rampage and Revelation of Marvin Heemeyer
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36.750000 USD

Malice: The Rampage and Revelation of Marvin Heemeyer

by Liam Llewellyn
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86 Days: The Tragic True Story of Puppy Doe
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26.240000 USD

86 Days: The Tragic True Story of Puppy Doe

by Sandra Lee
Paperback
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Ghetto Portraits & Things
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8.400000 USD

Ghetto Portraits & Things

by Tierra Taft, Jazz Claiborne, Montayj
Paperback
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Guns or People Out of Control? ?: The War on Firearms: America's Opinion on Guns: Gun Restrictions or Second Amendment?: Discover the Truth and Find Your Answer in the Midst of Controversy
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15.090000 USD

Guns or People Out of Control? ?: The War on Firearms: America's Opinion on Guns: Gun Restrictions or Second Amendment?: Discover the Truth and Find Your Answer in the Midst of Controversy

by Henry J Anderson
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The Journalist's Enemies: The New Breed of Deception Merchant's
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7.300000 USD

The Journalist's Enemies: The New Breed of Deception Merchant's

by Dave Sweigert
Paperback
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With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice
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16.800000 USD

With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice

by Dorothy Marcic
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Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself of terminal brain cancer by eating a healthy diet. She built a global business based on her story. There was just one problem: she never had cancer in the first place. In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth behind Gibson's lies. This ...
The Woman Who Fooled The World: Belle Gibson's cancer con, and the darkness at the heart of the wellness industry
Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself of terminal brain cancer by eating a healthy diet. She built a global business based on her story. There was just one problem: she never had cancer in the first place. In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth behind Gibson's lies. This hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals, and a best-selling mobile app, was a fraud. She had lied about having cancer - to her family and friends, to her business partners and publishers, and to the hundreds of thousands of people who were inspired by her, including real cancer survivors. Written by the two journalists who uncovered the details of Gibson's deception, The Woman Who Fooled the World tracks the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace. Told through interviews with the people who know her best, it explores the lure of alternative cancer treatments, exposes the darkness at the heart of the wellness and `clean eating' movements, and reveals just how easy it is to manipulate people on social media. With the idea of `clean eating' now routinely debunked by dietary experts, and growing scepticism about the authenticity of what we read online, The Woman Who Fooled the World is a timely and important book that answers not just how, but why, Gibson was able to fool so many.
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25.58 USD

The Woman Who Fooled The World: Belle Gibson's cancer con, and the darkness at the heart of the wellness industry

by Nick Toscano, Beau Donelly
Paperback
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Compelling... This is a captivating account of Glossip's fight for truth. -- Sir Richard Branson A tense mix of Dead Man Walking and Making a Murderer, Surviving Execution combines the very best in true-crime writing with a searching exploration of our most barbaric punishment. Imagine being condemned to death for ...
Surviving Execution: A Miscarriage of Justice and the Fight to End the Death Penalty
Compelling... This is a captivating account of Glossip's fight for truth. -- Sir Richard Branson A tense mix of Dead Man Walking and Making a Murderer, Surviving Execution combines the very best in true-crime writing with a searching exploration of our most barbaric punishment. Imagine being condemned to death for murder, when even the prosecutors admit that you didn't actually kill anyone. This is what happened to Richard Glossip, a death-row inmate who was found guilty of murdering motel owner, Barry van Treese. Despite being convicted on the word of the actual self-confessed killer, the state of Oklahoma is still intent on executing him, raising international outcry and controversy. Ian Woods, a reporter for Sky News in the UK, came across the case one quiet afternoon, and has tirelessly campaigned ever since to bring the injustices Glossip has faced to the world's attention. He even served as an invited witness to Glossip's three scheduled executions - all of which were stayed at the last possible moment. This is the gripping true story of the case, and their turbulent friendship, written by a man with unparalleled first-hand knowledge and access.
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17.05 USD

Surviving Execution: A Miscarriage of Justice and the Fight to End the Death Penalty

by Ian Woods
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A MISSING GIRL. A DESPERATE FATHER. A CASE WHICH WILL TEAR THEM APART. 'Plotting that takes the breath away' Ian Rankin 'A fantastic thriller writer' Mark Billingham * * * * * WHO IS DEADLIER ... Leonard Howell's worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. He ...
The Liar: Eddie Flynn Book 3
A MISSING GIRL. A DESPERATE FATHER. A CASE WHICH WILL TEAR THEM APART. 'Plotting that takes the breath away' Ian Rankin 'A fantastic thriller writer' Mark Billingham * * * * * WHO IS DEADLIER ... Leonard Howell's worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. He can't rely on the cops, so Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back. THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH Eddie Flynn knows what it's like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld. ... OR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES A LIE? However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of the game have changed - and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth...? * * * * * An ingenious plot, gripping action and characters who leap off the page: discover why readers love Steve Cavanagh: 'Cavanagh stands head and shoulders above the competition, with his skilfully plotted, action-packed and big-hearted Eddie Flynn novels . . . highly intelligent, twist-laden and absolutely unputdownable' Eva Dolan, author of the critically acclaimed Tell No Tales 'What a thriller! Breathlessly brilliant and fiendishly clever' Miranda Dickinson 'A cleverly constructed legal thriller combined with a classic locked-room mystery. Eddie Flynn is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional heroes and Cavanagh one of my favourite thriller writers.' S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood 'Raymond Chandler could have created Eddie Flynn. THE PLEA is Phillip Marlowe and Michael Connolly's Mickey Haller combined, with a bit of Jim Thompson's THE GRIFTERS thrown in. A superb read with a main character destined to be one of the most talked about in crime fiction.' Howard Linskey, author of The Search * If you like John Grisham, Lee Child and Michael Connelly, you will LOVE the gripping and twisty Eddie Flynn series: 1. The Defence 2. The Plea 3. The Liar * Each Eddie Flynn thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order *
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15.34 USD

The Liar: Eddie Flynn Book 3

by Steve Cavanagh
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Tom Thomson was Canada's Vincent van Gogh. He painted for a period of five years before meeting his untimely death in a remote wilderness lake in July 1917. He was buried in an unofficial grave close to the lake where his body was found. About eight hours after he was ...
Who Killed Tom Thomson?: The Truth about the Murder of One of the 20th Century's Most Famous Artists
Tom Thomson was Canada's Vincent van Gogh. He painted for a period of five years before meeting his untimely death in a remote wilderness lake in July 1917. He was buried in an unofficial grave close to the lake where his body was found. About eight hours after he was buried, the coroner arrived but never examined the body and ruled his death accidental due to drowning. A day and a half later, Thomson's family hired an undertaker to exhume the body and move it to the family plot about 100 miles away. This undertaker refused all help, and only worked at night. In 1956, John Little's father and three other men, influenced by the story of an old park ranger who never believed Thomson's body was moved by the undertaker, dug up what was supposed to be the original, empty grave. To their surprise, the grave still contained a body, and the skull revealed a head wound that matched the same location noted by the men who pulled his corpse from the water in 1917. The finding sent shockwaves across the nation and began a mystery that continues to this day. In Who Killed Tom Thomson? John Little continues the sixty-year relationship his family has had with Tom Thomson and his fate by teaming up with two high-ranking Ontario provincial police homicide detectives. For the first time, they provide a forensic scientific opinion as to how Thomson met his death, and where his body is buried. Little draws upon his father's research, plus recently released archival material, as well as his own thirty-year investigation. He and his colleagues prove that Thomson was murdered, and set forth two persons of interest who may have killed Tom Thomson.
26.240000 USD

Who Killed Tom Thomson?: The Truth about the Murder of One of the 20th Century's Most Famous Artists

by John Little
Hardback
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New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams explores the riveting and perilous world of fossil collectors in this tremendous (David Grann) true tale of one Florida man's attempt to sell a dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia-- a triumphant book (Publishers Weekly) that is steeped in natural history, human nature, commerce, crime, ...
The Dinosaur Artist
New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams explores the riveting and perilous world of fossil collectors in this tremendous (David Grann) true tale of one Florida man's attempt to sell a dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia-- a triumphant book (Publishers Weekly) that is steeped in natural history, human nature, commerce, crime, science, and politics (Rebecca Skloot). In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton. In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar, a close cousin to the most famous animal that ever lived. The fossils now on display in a Manhattan event space had been unearthed in Mongolia, more than 6,000 miles away. At eight-feet high and 24 feet long, the specimen was spectacular, and when the gavel sounded the winning bid was over $1 million. Eric Prokopi, a thirty-eight-year-old Floridian, was the man who had brought this extraordinary skeleton to market. A onetime swimmer who spent his teenage years diving for shark teeth, Prokopi's singular obsession with fossils fueled a thriving business hunting, preparing, and selling specimens, to clients ranging from natural history museums to avid private collectors like actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But there was a problem. This time, facing financial strain, had Prokopi gone too far? As the T. bataar went to auction, a network of paleontologists alerted the government of Mongolia to the eye-catching lot. As an international custody battle ensued, Prokopi watched as his own world unraveled. In the tradition of The Orchid Thief, The Dinosaur Artist is a stunning work of narrative journalism about humans' relationship with natural history and a seemingly intractable conflict between science and commerce. A story that stretches from Florida's Land O' Lakes to the Gobi Desert, The Dinosaur Artist illuminates the history of fossil collecting--a murky, sometimes risky business, populated by eccentrics and obsessives, where the lines between poacher and hunter, collector and smuggler, enthusiast and opportunist, can easily blur. In her first book, Paige Williams has given readers an irresistible story that spans continents, cultures, and millennia as she examines the question of who, ultimately, owns the past.
29.400000 USD

The Dinosaur Artist

by Paige Williams
Hardback
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The spellbinding tale of hustler Edgar Laplante--the king of Jazz Age con artists--who becomes the victim of his own dangerous game. Edgar Laplante was a smalltime grifter, an erstwhile vaudeville performer, and an unabashed charmer. But after years of playing thankless gigs and traveling with medicine shows, he decided to ...
King Con: The Bizarre Adventures of the Jazz Age's Greatest Impostor
The spellbinding tale of hustler Edgar Laplante--the king of Jazz Age con artists--who becomes the victim of his own dangerous game. Edgar Laplante was a smalltime grifter, an erstwhile vaudeville performer, and an unabashed charmer. But after years of playing thankless gigs and traveling with medicine shows, he decided to undertake the most demanding and bravura performance of his life. In the fall of 1917, Laplante reinvented himself as Chief White Elk: war hero, sports star, civil rights campaigner, Cherokee nation leader--and total fraud. Under the pretenses of raising money for struggling Native American reservations, Laplante dressed in buckskins and a feathered headdress and traveled throughout the American West, narrowly escaping exposure and arrest each time he left town. When the heat became too much, he embarked upon a lucrative continent-hopping tour that attracted even more enormous crowds, his cons growing in proportion to the adulation of his audience. As he moved through Europe, he spied his biggest mark on the Riviera: a prodigiously rich Hungarian countess, who was instantly smitten with the con man. The countess bankrolled a lavish trip through Italy that made Laplante a darling of the Mussolini regime and a worldwide celebrity, soaring to unimaginable heights on the wings of his lies. But then, at the pinnacle of his improbable success, Laplante's overreaching threatened to destroy him... In King Con, Paul Willetts brings this previously untold story to life in all its surprising absurdity, showing us how our tremendous capacity for belief and our longstanding obsession with celebrity can make fools of us all--and proving that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
32.40 USD

King Con: The Bizarre Adventures of the Jazz Age's Greatest Impostor

by Paul Willetts
Hardback
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Have you always thought that a goldfish has a 3-second memory span? Do you think your morning coffee comes from a bean? Do you believe that those accused at the Salem Witch Trials were burned at the stake? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you've ...
Everything You Think You Know is Wrong: Exposing the Truth Behind Common Myths and Misconceptions
Have you always thought that a goldfish has a 3-second memory span? Do you think your morning coffee comes from a bean? Do you believe that those accused at the Salem Witch Trials were burned at the stake? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you've been lied to. But don't worry, this book will set the record straight on all the common myths that most people take for fact, making you the most well-informed smart alec in town. So next time someone proclaims that Napoleon Bonaparte was short, or that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker, you can correct them, and tell them smugly that everything they think they know is wrong.
15.34 USD

Everything You Think You Know is Wrong: Exposing the Truth Behind Common Myths and Misconceptions

by Richard Benson
Hardback
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The New York Times bestseller - now in paperback, with a new afterword A must-read for those who care about justice and integrity in our public institutions. --Alan M. Dershowitz, Esq. The Definitive Story of One of the Most Infamous Murders of the Twentieth Century and the Heartbreaking Miscarriage of ...
Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit
The New York Times bestseller - now in paperback, with a new afterword A must-read for those who care about justice and integrity in our public institutions. --Alan M. Dershowitz, Esq. The Definitive Story of One of the Most Infamous Murders of the Twentieth Century and the Heartbreaking Miscarriage of Justice That Followed On Halloween, 1975, fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley's body was found brutally murdered outside her home in swanky Greenwich, Connecticut. Twenty-seven years after her death, the State of Connecticut spent some $25 million to convict her friend and neighbor, Michael Skakel, of the murder. The trial ignited a media firestorm that transfixed the nation. Now Skakel's cousin Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., solves the baffling whodunit and clears Michael Skakel's name. In this revised edition, which includes developments following the Connecticut Supreme Court decision, Kennedy chronicles how Skakel was railroaded amidst a media frenzy and a colorful cast of characters--from a crooked cop and a narcissistic defense attorney to a parade of perjuring witnesses.
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17.840000 USD

Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit

by Robert F Kennedy
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Illicit distilling in Scotland was seen as a 'right of man' at the end of the 17th century. Attempts to enforce excise duty on the spirit were therefore met with resistance, ranging from riots to more and more ingenious ways of avoiding paying tax. In this book and Charles MacLean ...
Scotland's Secret History: The Illicit Distilling and Smuggling of Whisky
Illicit distilling in Scotland was seen as a 'right of man' at the end of the 17th century. Attempts to enforce excise duty on the spirit were therefore met with resistance, ranging from riots to more and more ingenious ways of avoiding paying tax. In this book and Charles MacLean and Daniel MacCannell give a fascinating insight into the day-to-day struggles that led to the increase in illicit distilling from the mid-1600s, then to its eventual demise in the early twentieth century. The Cabrach, a wild and sparsely populated part of Aberdeenshire, became renowned for its production of illicit whisky. Local inhabitants mixed farming and distilling with great skill, creating a network of stills and distribution to evade customs. Using new research first-hand historical accounts and official records, the authors show how spirits from this small parish were made and travelled far and wide, across the border to England and across the North Sea to France, firing up revolution and lending solidarity to the struggles of the Jacobites.
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25.58 USD

Scotland's Secret History: The Illicit Distilling and Smuggling of Whisky

by Daniel MacCannell, Charles Maclean
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Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you ...
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear-but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he's not dead-or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you'll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives-and their families-to start again. Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for. -NPR A lively romp. -The Boston Globe Grim fun. -The New York Times Brilliant topic, absorbing book. -The Seattle Times The most literally escapist summer read you could hope for. -The Paris Review
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16.800000 USD

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

by Elizabeth Greenwood
Paperback / softback
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