We may say that honesty is the best policy, but history-to say
nothing of business, politics, and the media-suggests otherwise. In
this infinitely citable book, the author of two bestselling
treasuries of scandal recounts some of the greatest deceptions of
all time. With what forged document did the Vatican lay claim to
much of Europe? Who wrote Hitler's diaries? Why do millions still
believe the vague doggerel that Nostradamus passed off as prophecy?
Organizing his material by theme (con artists, the press, military
trickery, scientific fraud, imposters, great escapes, and more),
Michael Farquhar takes in everything from the hoodwinking of Hitler
to Vincent "the Chin" Gigante's thirty-year crazy act.
A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy
exposé-and celebration-of mendacity.
A Treasury of Deception also includes:
Ten tricksters from scripture
Ten great liars in literature
Ten egregious examples of modern American doublespeak
Ten classic deceptions from Greek mythology