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
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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.