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A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake 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 ...
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake 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 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.
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16.800000 USD

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

by Elizabeth Greenwood
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True crime pairs well with fine wine in this astonishing story of a con man who rides his gift for tasting wine to the highest reaches of society--and then comes crashing downIn Vino Duplicitas marks a new, notorious legend in wine: the story of Rudy Kurniawan, a 20-something Indonesian immigrant ...
In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire
True crime pairs well with fine wine in this astonishing story of a con man who rides his gift for tasting wine to the highest reaches of society--and then comes crashing downIn Vino Duplicitas marks a new, notorious legend in wine: the story of Rudy Kurniawan, a 20-something Indonesian immigrant who bursts onto the rarified scene of ultrafine wines in 2002. Blessed with the gift of a discerning palate and a knack for tracking down impossibly hard-to-find bottles, he transforms himself from a virtual unknown, living illegally in the US, into one of the most sought-after and respected members of wine's high society. For the next six years, he reigns as a purveyor of the last century's most storied vintages, all from a seemingly limitless supply. The wealthiest collectors spend tens of millions of dollars on wines from his cellar, considered at the time perhaps the greatest on earth. But in April 2008, crates of Domaine Ponsot red burgundy from Rudy's cellars--dating back as far as 1945--are abruptly pulled from an auction. The problem: The winemaker is certain that particular wine was first produced in 1982. Journalist Peter Hellman was there, and he would closely investigate as, over several years, Rudy's world comes spectacularly crashing down.
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27.250000 USD
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ON THE SATURDAY MORNING OF JANUARY 9, 1993, WHILE JEAN CLAUDE ROMAND WAS KILLING HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, I WAS WITH MINE IN A PARENT-TEACHER MEETING... With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrere, begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen ...
The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception
ON THE SATURDAY MORNING OF JANUARY 9, 1993, WHILE JEAN CLAUDE ROMAND WAS KILLING HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, I WAS WITH MINE IN A PARENT-TEACHER MEETING... With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrere, begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go. 'As a writer, Carrere is straight berserk; as a storyteller he is so freakishly talented, so unassuming in grace and power that you only realize the hold he's got on you when you attempt to pull away... You say: True crime and Literature? I don't believe it. I say: Believe it' Junot Diaz 'Mesmerising' Sunday Telegraph 'Stunning' Evening Standard 'Unputdownable' Washington Post 'A masterpiece' New York Times
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16.71 USD

The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception

by Emmanuel Carrere
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Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
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47.250000 USD

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

by Ben Blum
CD-Audio
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Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
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47.250000 USD

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

by Ben Blum
CD-Audio
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Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
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30.400000 USD

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

by Ben Blum
Hardback
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Ranger Games - Large Print: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
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32.550000 USD

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

by Ben Blum
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Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
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16.800000 USD

Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood

by Pauline Dakin
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Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit
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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, Jr.
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A Murder in Music City: Corruption, Scandal, and the Framing of an Innocent Man
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18.900000 USD

A Murder in Music City: Corruption, Scandal, and the Framing of an Innocent Man

by Michael Bishop
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In mid-2015, Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world's largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms. By early 2017, VW had settled with American regulators and car owners for $20 billion, ...
Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal
In mid-2015, Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world's largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms. By early 2017, VW had settled with American regulators and car owners for $20 billion, with additional lawsuits still looming. In Faster, Higher, Farther, Jack Ewing rips the lid off the conspiracy. He describes VW's rise from the people's car during the Nazi era to one of Germany's most prestigious and important global brands, touted for being green. He paints vivid portraits of Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech and chief executive Martin Winterkorn, arguing that the corporate culture they fostered drove employees, working feverishly in pursuit of impossible sales targets, to illegal methods. Unable to build cars that could meet emissions standards in the United States honestly, engineers were left with no choice but to cheat. Volkswagen then compounded the fraud by spending millions marketing clean diesel, only to have the lie exposed by a handful of researchers on a shoestring budget, resulting in a guilty plea to criminal charges in a landmark Department of Justice case. Faster, Higher, Farther reveals how the succeed-at-all-costs mentality prevalent in modern boardrooms led to one of corporate history's farthest-reaching cases of fraud-with potentially devastating consequences.
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29.350000 USD

Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal

by Jack Ewing
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Hidden Government
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27.980000 USD

Hidden Government

by John Creagh Scott
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Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk in China, nut shells in spices - these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our ...
Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics
Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk in China, nut shells in spices - these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our urban lifestyle takes us further and further away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity and profit-making shortcuts. Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history. Whether it's a matter of making a good quality oil stretch a bit further by adding a little extra 'something' or labelling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends - it's all food fraud, and it costs the food industry billions of dollars each year. The price to consumers may be even higher, with some paying for these crimes with their health and, in some cases, their lives. Sorting the Beef from the Bull is a collection of food fraud tales from around the world. It explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century's biggest food scams, and explores the arms race between food forensics and fraudsters as new methods of detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of committing the crimes. This book equips us with the knowledge of what is possible in the world of food fraud and shines a light on the shady areas of our food supply system where these criminals lurk.
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18.56 USD

Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics

by Richard Evershed, Nicola Temple
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The Charming Predator
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17.800000 USD

The Charming Predator

by Lee MacKenzie
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'You said I was the perfect boyfriend. If you can prove you really love me, perhaps I can be that way again.' This is the chilling true story of a woman trapped in a devastating relationship as she tries to prove her love - over and over again. Within days ...
If You Love Me: True love. True terror. True story.
'You said I was the perfect boyfriend. If you can prove you really love me, perhaps I can be that way again.' This is the chilling true story of a woman trapped in a devastating relationship as she tries to prove her love - over and over again. Within days of spending their first evening together, Alice and Joe were talking about getting married and spending the rest of their lives with each other. Everything about Joe seemed perfect, and Alice was the happiest she'd ever been. Then one day Joe saw a message on her phone from an old love, and that changed everything. He ignored Alice's explanations and desperate pleas. And soon the violence and abuse began. As she attempted to prove to Joe that he really was her world, Alice gave up everything that mattered to her, including her family, her friends and her job. But still it wasn't enough. Then the `challenges' started, and finally Alice dared to hope that this time, maybe this time, Joe might just believe she loved him ...
10.490000 USD

If You Love Me: True love. True terror. True story.

by Alice Keale
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He was my religious teacher. I should have been able to trust him. But he made me do unspeakable things...At seven years old, Nabila Sharma began her lessons at the mosque as every good Muslim girl does. But from the minute she looked up at her Imam, the man who ...
Brutal: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Little Girl's Stolen Innocence
He was my religious teacher. I should have been able to trust him. But he made me do unspeakable things...At seven years old, Nabila Sharma began her lessons at the mosque as every good Muslim girl does. But from the minute she looked up at her Imam, the man who held her spiritual future in his hands, she knew something was wrong. Over the next five years Nabila's life became unbearable. While she was behind the doors of the mosque, the most sacred of places, the Imam brutally molested her on the slightest whim. Each day he would make her perform unspeakable acts, physically and mentally torturing her into compliance, to fulfil his perverse desires. Nothing would stop him; no plea would make him relent. But he was a respected member of the community, trusted by everyone; if Nabila cried for help she would risk the honour of her family, an unthinkable act. There was nowhere she could turn, no one she could talk to. As a young Muslim girl, Nabila was powerless. Brutal is the shocking, revelatory and heart-rending account of one girl's plight in a society where honour and shame are a matter of life and death. It is a tale of innocence lost and a life shattered, but above all it is a tale of survival, of a young girl who found love and hope in the darkest of places.
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12.99 USD

Brutal: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Little Girl's Stolen Innocence

by Nabila Sharma
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2017 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Nonfiction Book -- Shortlisted A sinister plot by a young woman left her mother dead and her father riddled with bullets. From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents ...
Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story
2017 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Nonfiction Book -- Shortlisted
A sinister plot by a young woman left her mother dead and her father riddled with bullets.

From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman.

In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high school sweetheart, Daniel. In an attempt to lead the life she dreamed of, she would do almost anything: lie about her whereabouts, forge school documents, and invent fake jobs and a fictitious apartment. For many years she led this double life. But when her father discovered her web of lies, his ultimatum was severe. And so, too, was her revenge: a plan that culminated in cold-blooded murder. And it almost worked, except for one bad shot.

The story of Jennifer Pan is one of all-consuming love and devious betrayal that led to a cold-hearted plan hatched by a group of youths who thought they could pull off the perfect crime.
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20.990000 USD

Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story

by Jeremy Grimaldi
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At the close of the Victorian era, as now, privacy was power. The extraordinarily wealthy 5th Duke of Portland had a mania for it, hiding in his carriage and building tunnels between buildings to avoid being seen. In 1897, an elderly widow asked the court to exhume the grave of ...
The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue
At the close of the Victorian era, as now, privacy was power. The extraordinarily wealthy 5th Duke of Portland had a mania for it, hiding in his carriage and building tunnels between buildings to avoid being seen. In 1897, an elderly widow asked the court to exhume the grave of her late father-in-law, T. C. Druce, under the suspicion that he'd led a double life as the 5th Duke. The eccentric duke, Anna Maria contended, had faked his death as Druce, and her son should inherit the Portland millions. Revealing a dark underbelly of Victorian society, Piu Marie Eatwell evokes an era when the rise of sensationalist media blurred every fact into fiction and when family secrets and fluid identities pushed class anxieties to new heights.
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16.750000 USD

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue

by Piu Marie Eatwell
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Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art ...
The Art of the Con
Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate. The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.
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24.14 USD

The Art of the Con

by Anthony M. Amore
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This is the true story of a woman who prevailed against the most heinous accusations imaginable. Tonya Craft, a Georgia kindergarten teacher and loving mother of two, never expected a knock on her door to change her life forever. But in May 2008, false accusations of child molestation turned her ...
Accused: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and the Strength to Forgive
This is the true story of a woman who prevailed against the most heinous accusations imaginable. Tonya Craft, a Georgia kindergarten teacher and loving mother of two, never expected a knock on her door to change her life forever. But in May 2008, false accusations of child molestation turned her world upside down. The trial that followed dragged her reputation through the mud and lent nationwide notoriety to her name. Tonya's life spiraled into a witch-trial nightmare in which she was deemed guilty before her innocence could be determined by a jury. Her children were taken away without even a goodbye, and her own daughter was forced to take the stand against her in a courtroom. The situation seemed hopeless, and Tonya was shell-shocked and heartbroken. But that didn't keep her from finding the strength to fight. Over the course of two terrifying years, Tonya rallied to take charge of her own defense, flying across the country and knocking on doors on a desperate quest for answers, and defying her own lawyers on more than one occasion. Tonya's goal was not only to avoid conviction; it was to clear her name, and, most of all, regain custody of her children. Accused is about more than Tonya's shocking trial and fight for justice. It is the story of a mother's extraordinary love, the faith that sees her through it all, and the forgiveness that sets her free.
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17.800000 USD

Accused: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and the Strength to Forgive

by Tonya Craft
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Drawn from the personal experience of dozens of victims, including the author's own encounters, Scammed exposes the most prevalent consumer and money scams lurking in modern society. With so many people falling prey to a wide variety of frauds due to increasing vulnerability on the anonymous Internet, an expose has ...
Scammed: Learn from the Biggest Consumer and Money Frauds How Not to be a Victim
Drawn from the personal experience of dozens of victims, including the author's own encounters, Scammed exposes the most prevalent consumer and money scams lurking in modern society. With so many people falling prey to a wide variety of frauds due to increasing vulnerability on the anonymous Internet, an expose has never been timelier. This recounts the stories of victims of over two dozen different types of scams, and what they did to recover. These scams include: Auto repair industry scams Insurance industry scams Housing industry scams and real estate house flip scams Home repair scams Counterfeit products Phony job offers Phony publishing and film producing offers Phony investments Phony money scams from scamsters asking for help And many others The chilling tales and details of these scams are interspersed with the wisdom of how each one can be dealt with and avoided. Readers will take away from the shocking stories confidence that they have gained the knowledge and preparedness to avoid being Scammed. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
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20.42 USD

Scammed: Learn from the Biggest Consumer and Money Frauds How Not to be a Victim

by Gini Graham Scott
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This book examines a broad range of infamous scams, cons, swindles, and hoaxes throughout American history-and considers why human gullibility continues in an age of easy access to information. * Explores figures such as Yellow Kid Weil, Charles Ponzi, Orson Welles, and Frank Abagnale, among others * Provides insight into ...
The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts, and Swindles in American History
This book examines a broad range of infamous scams, cons, swindles, and hoaxes throughout American history-and considers why human gullibility continues in an age of easy access to information. * Explores figures such as Yellow Kid Weil, Charles Ponzi, Orson Welles, and Frank Abagnale, among others * Provides insight into human nature-gullibility being one aspect of it-throughout the ages, addresses the power of rumor and legend, and identifies the social conditions that have allowed some scams and hoaxes to flourish * Presents information that can serve academic research projects as well as fascinate and entertain general readers * Features the original stories behind the Hollywood movies The Sting, Catch Me If You Can, Argo, and American Hustle
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93.450000 USD

The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts, and Swindles in American History

by Nate Hendley
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Culture Smart! Australia explains how to avoid cultural gaffes when out and about in the country. Giving the historical, political and cultural background, the guide reveals how to read body language and be aware of potential pitfalls in communication, and at the same time provide the cultural essentials business travellers ...
Australia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture
Culture Smart! Australia explains how to avoid cultural gaffes when out and about in the country. Giving the historical, political and cultural background, the guide reveals how to read body language and be aware of potential pitfalls in communication, and at the same time provide the cultural essentials business travellers need to successfully develop working relations in Australia. Culture Smart! Australia enables the reader to get the most out of trip, whether on business, or pleasure. Culture Smart! provides rare insights, and practical guidance, into cultures. The values, behaviour and customs of peoples have been formed over centuries which is why the unique information in Culture Smart! guides do not date in the same way as ordinary travel guides. Culture Smart! enables you to step into a world untouched by other guidebooks.
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12.92 USD

Australia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture

by Barry Penney
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A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake 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 ...
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake 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 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.
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27.300000 USD

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

by Elizabeth Greenwood
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Meet Netley Lucas, Prince of Tricksters--royal biographer, best-selling crime writer, and gentleman crook. In the years after the Great War, Lucas becomes infamous for climbing the British social ladder by his expert trickery--his changing names and telling of tales. An impudent young playboy and a confessed confidence trickster, he finances ...
Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook
Meet Netley Lucas, Prince of Tricksters--royal biographer, best-selling crime writer, and gentleman crook. In the years after the Great War, Lucas becomes infamous for climbing the British social ladder by his expert trickery--his changing names and telling of tales. An impudent young playboy and a confessed confidence trickster, he finances his far-flung hedonism through fraud and false pretenses. After repeated spells in prison, Lucas transforms himself into a confessing -ex-crook, - turning his inside knowledge of the underworld into a lucrative career as freelance journalist and crime expert. But then he's found out again--exposed and disgraced for faking an exclusive about a murder case. So he reinvents himself, taking a new name and embarking on a prolific, if short-lived, career as a royal biographer and publisher. Chased around the world by detectives and journalists after yet another sensational scandal, the gentleman crook dies as spectacularly as he lived--a washed-up alcoholic, asphyxiated in a fire of his own making. The lives of Netley Lucas are as flamboyant as they are unlikely. In Prince of Tricksters, Matt Houlbrook picks up the threads of Lucas's colorful lies and lives. Interweaving crime writing and court records, letters and life-writing, Houlbrook tells Lucas's fascinating story and, in the process, provides a panoramic view of the 1920s and '30s. In the restless times after the Great War, the gentlemanly trickster was an exemplary figure, whose tall tales and bogus biographies exposed the everyday difficulties of knowing who and what to trust. Tracing how Lucas both evoked and unsettled the world through which he moved, Houlbrook shows how he prompted a pervasive crisis of confidence that encompassed British society, culture, and politics. Taking readers on a romp through Britain, North America, and eventually into Africa, Houlbrook confronts readers with the limits of our knowledge of the past and challenges us to think anew about what history is and how it might be made differently.
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42.000000 USD

Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook

by Matt Houlbrook
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In the 1940s, the eminent British botanist John Heslop Harrison proposed a controversial theory: that vegetation on the islands off the west coast of Scotland had survived the last Ice Age. His premise flew in the face of what most botanists believed - that no plants had survived the 10,000-year ...
A Rum Affair: A True Story of Botanical Fraud
In the 1940s, the eminent British botanist John Heslop Harrison proposed a controversial theory: that vegetation on the islands off the west coast of Scotland had survived the last Ice Age. His premise flew in the face of what most botanists believed - that no plants had survived the 10,000-year period of extreme cold. But Heslop Harrison had proof - the plants and grasses found on the isle of Rum.Harrison didn't anticipate, however, an amateur botanist called John Raven, who boldly questioned whether these grasses were truly indigenous to the area, or whether they had been transported there. This is the story of what happened when a tenacious amateur set out to find out the truth, and how he uncovered a most extraordinary fraud.
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18.56 USD

A Rum Affair: A True Story of Botanical Fraud

by Karl Sabbagh
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The Chowchilla Kidnappings
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8.390000 USD

The Chowchilla Kidnappings

by Natalie Fogle
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Missing Madeleine
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8.390000 USD

Missing Madeleine

by Mary Childress
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Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk in China, nut shells in spices - these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our ...
Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics
Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk in China, nut shells in spices - these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our urban lifestyle takes us further and further away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity and profit-making short-cuts. Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history. Whether it's a matter of making a good quality oil stretch a bit further by adding a little extra 'something' or labelling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends - it's all food fraud, and it costs the food industry billions of dollars each year. The price to consumers may be even higher, with some paying for these crimes with their health and, in some cases, their lives. Sorting the Beef from the Bull is a collection of food fraud tales from around the world. It explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century's biggest food scams, and explores the arms race between food forensics and fraudsters as new methods of detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of committing the crimes. This book equips us with the knowledge of what is possible in the world of food fraud and shines a light on the shady areas of our food supply system where these criminals lurk.
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Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics

by Richard Evershed, Nicola Temple
Hardback
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A rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man who kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone else in history. It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than ...
Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation
A rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man who kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone else in history. It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Speakeasies thrived, gang war shootings announced Al Capone's rise to underworld domination, Chicago's corrupt political leaders fraternized with gangsters, and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people (who should have known better) to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year. When finally apprehended, Leo was living a life of luxury in Nova Scotia under the assumed identity of a book dealer and literary critic. His mysterious death in a Chicago prison topped anything in his almost-too-bizarre-to-believe life. Empire of Deception is not only an incredibly rich and detailed account of a man and an era; it's a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the dream of easy wealth is a timeless commodity. "A captivating tale of high-flying financial chicanery in 1920s Chicago. Dean Jobb tells the story of Leo Koretz, a legendary con artist of Madoffian audacity, with terrific energy and narrative brio. A thoroughly enjoyable read." --Gary Krist, New York Times bestselling author of City of Scoundrels "This highly readable account of a major swindle in the Roaring Twenties in Chicago will convince any sensible reader that when it comes to investing in crackpot schemes, nobody ever learns anything by experience. Leo Koretz did exactly what Bernie Madoff did, and came to the same end, as did his investors. A dramatic read, and a useful lesson!" --Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives "Empire of Deception is a sure thing--a book guaranteed to entertain and make you rich (in knowledge, that is). Dean Jobb has found a fascinating yet little-known jazz-age tale and told it with style and smarts. Get in on the action." --Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of Get Capone "Begin with a Bernie Madoff, wolf-in-sheep's-clothing con man, pursued by a power-hungry prig of a public prosecutor; add the great hog-trough feeding frenzy of 1920s Chicago; stir with great writing and enterprising research; and there you have it: A wonderfully entertaining read!" --Michael Lesy, author of Wisconsin Death Trip and Murder City
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Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

by Dean Jobb
Paperback / softback
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