By Michael Farquhar

We may possibly say that honesty is the easiest coverage, yet history—to say not anything of commercial, politics, and the media—suggests in a different way. during this infinitely citable booklet, the writer of 2 bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts a number of the maximum deceptions of all time. With what solid rfile did the Vatican lay declare to a lot of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do thousands nonetheless think the imprecise doggerel that Nostradamus occurred as prophecy? Organizing his fabric through subject (con artists, the click, army trickery, medical fraud, imposters, nice escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in every thing from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s thirty-year loopy act.

A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy exposé—and celebration—of lying.

A Treasury of Deception additionally includes:

• Ten tricksters from scripture
• Ten nice liars in literature
• Ten egregious examples of contemporary American doublespeak
• Ten vintage deceptions from Greek mythology

Show description

Read Online or Download A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds PDF

Best humor books

Son of a Smaller Hero

Younger Noah Adler, passionate, ruthlessly idealistic, is the prodigal son of Montreal's Jewish ghetto. discovering culture in league with self-delusion, he makes an attempt to shatter the ghetto's illusory partitions by way of coming into the overseas territory of the goyim. yet right here, freedom and self-determination proceed to elude him.

Apathy and Other Small Victories

The one factor Shane cares approximately is leaving. often on a Greyhound bus, correct ahead of his lifestyles falls aside back. similar to he deliberate. yet this time it's complex: there's a sadistic company climber who thinks she's his female friend, a rent-subsidized affair together with his landlord's spouse, and the bizarrely beautiful deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically risky dentist.

The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America

Smarter than your previous historical past instructor, funnier than the founding fathers, and extra American than apple pie, The psychological Floss heritage of the U.S. is a virtually (but now not fullyyt) accomplished primer on American heritage (or no less than, the nice stuff). From the editors of MentalFloss. com and mental_floss magazine—with its tagline: “Feel clever again”—comes an American background textual content choked with hilarious (but precise!

The Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool (Darwin Awards, Book 5)

The most recent installment of the hilarious big apple instances bestselling phenomenon? greater than 1. five million copies sold!

New York occasions bestselling writer Wendy Northcutt is again, asking, ? Have we developed in any respect? ? the reply: no longer all of us.

What loopy cocktail of DNA leads Homo sapiens to do pull-ups off the sting of a seventh-floor balcony or wrap their lips round a paintball gun and pull the set off? How approximately delivering a lager to a endure or self-testing a Taser? Why no longer move joyriding in a buying cart strapped to an SUV or leap a drawbridge on a bicycle?

Fully illustrated with over 100 new jaw-dropping and side-splitting feats of stupidity? and together with technological know-how essays via visitor writers and solutions to FAQs approximately evolution in action'the Darwin Awards subsequent Evolution maintains the culture of honoring the sufferers of appallingly bad survival intuition who selflessly enhance our gene pool via elimination themselves from it.

Additional resources for A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds

Example text

94). " But these are merely some of the cold facts of old Charley's life. His character is revealed in Barr's stories. Old Charley and the President's Veto "Elia" divides the human species into two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend,3 or, to substitute a word for a phrase, masters and servants. , men who are fond of a joke, and men who are not. " To this pitiable class of mortals, anything approaching mirth, or provocative of laughter, is totally incomprehensiblea mystery, profound to them as the Eleusinian obscurities, or Barnum's next humbug for Yankee- Page 23 dom.

Michael Thomason of University of South Alabama Photographic Archives.  Barr attended church here. (Courtesy of the Vestry of Christ Episcopal Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama) Page 12 1 John Gorman Barr's first printed story exhibits many of the characteristics of his best tales: local color (in this case, Tuscaloosa), distinctive characters, and practical jokes. Like so many of Barr's early stories, however, "Salted Him" is plagued with a lengthy introduction full of literary and historical allusions.

The first one, for example, uses no proper names except in the postscript. His early stories tend also to be short and simple, but have lengthy introductions. Probably their biggest fault, for modern readers, is their excessive use of literary allusions, few of them quoted exactly, and some of them quite obscure even to literate people of the day. The seventh and eighth stories are the worst in this respect, and are also marred by their excessive sentimentality. All this changed rather abruptly with "New York Drummer's Ride to Greensboro'," Barr's ninth story and the first to appear in Porter's Spirit of the Times.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.09 of 5 – based on 21 votes