Hoax: Hitler's Diaries, Lincoln's Assassins, and Other Famous Frauds by Edward Steers Jr.

Hoax: Hitler's Diaries, Lincoln's Assassins, and Other Famous Frauds

byEdward Steers Jr., Joe Nickell

Kobo ebook | March 28, 2013

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Did a collector with a knack for making sensational discoveries really find the first document ever printed in America? Did Adolf Hitler actually pen a revealing multivolume set of diaries? Has Jesus of Nazareth's burial cloth survived the ages? Can the shocking true account of Abraham Lincoln's assassination be found in lost pages from his murderer's diary?

Napoleon famously observed that "history is a set of lies agreed upon," and Edward Steers Jr. investigates six of the most amazing frauds ever to gain wide acceptance in this engrossing book. Hoax examines the legitimacy of the Shroud of Turin, perhaps the most hotly debated relic in all of Christianity, and the fossils purported to confirm humanity's "missing link," the Piltdown Man. Steers also discusses two remarkable forgeries, the Hitler diaries and the "Oath of a Freeman," and famous conspiracy theories alleging that Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor and that the details of Lincoln's assassination are recorded in missing pages from John Wilkes Booth's journal.

The controversies that Steers presents show that there are two major factors involved in the success of a hoax or forgery -- greed and the desire to believe. Though all of the counterfeits and conspiracies featured in Hoax have been scientifically debunked, some remain fixed in many people's minds as truth. As Steers points out, the success of these frauds highlights a disturbing fact: If true history fails to entertain the public, it is likely to be ignored or forgotten.

Title:Hoax: Hitler's Diaries, Lincoln's Assassins, and Other Famous FraudsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:The University Press of KentuckyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813141605

ISBN - 13:9780813141602

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historical Hoaxes Brilliantly Dissected and Exposed In this spellbinding book, the author analyses six hoaxes that have taken place mainly in the twentieth century, a couple of them pre-dating that period. Each of these hoaxes has an important bearing on historical truth and, in some cases, religious beliefs. The author describes each of these hoaxes, along with any necessary background history, like a master raconteur. He writes with lucidity, impeccable logic and insight. This lively, accessible, captivating page-turner mesmerized me from cover to cover. I find it intriguing how amazingly talented individuals can use their gifts towards deviousness with such surprising success. I also find it worrisome that people (at least some) who are so convinced in their beliefs on certain issues can refuse to even consider solid scientific facts that suggest, if not prove, that those beliefs are completely erroneous. The highest compliment that I can give a book that I thoroughly enjoyed is an expression of disappointment upon reaching the end of it - and that is certainly the case here. As I finished reading the last chapter – the sixth hoax – I was saddened by the fact that there were no more chapters to savour. I sincerely hope that this gifted author will consider writing sequels along the same lines as this masterpiece.
Date published: 2013-11-16