A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and by Michael Farquhar

By Michael Farquhar

We may possibly say that honesty is the simplest coverage, yet history—to say not anything of industrial, politics, and the media—suggests in a different way. during this infinitely citable ebook, the writer of 2 bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts many of the maximum deceptions of all time. With what cast record did the Vatican lay declare to a lot of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do thousands nonetheless think the obscure doggerel that Nostradamus took place as prophecy? Organizing his fabric via topic (con artists, the clicking, army trickery, clinical fraud, imposters, nice escapes, and more), Michael Farquhar takes in every little 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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Speak only when spoken to: name, rank and press affiliation, nothing else, ignore this terrible drug, pretend it’s not happening. . ” There is no way to explain the terror I felt when I finally lunged up to the clerk and began babbling. All my well-rehearsed lines fell apart under that woman’s stoney glare. “Hi there,” I said. “My name is . . ah, Raoul Duke . . yes, on the list, that’s for sure. Free lunch, final wisdom, total coverage. . why not? I have my attorney with me and I realize of course that his name is not on the list, but we must have that suite, yes, this man is actually my driver.

And then do the next hundred miles in a horrible, slobbering sort of spastic stupor. The only way to keep alert on ether is to do up a lot of amyls—not all at once, but steadily, just enough to maintain the focus at ninety miles an hour through Barstow. “Man, this is the way to travel,” said my attorney. He leaned over to turn the volume up on the radio, humming along with the rhythm section and kind of moaning the words: “One toke over the line, Sweet Jesus . . One toke over the line . ” One toke?

I glanced over at my attorney, but his mind was somewhere else. I whacked the back of the driver’s seat with my fist. “This is important, goddamnit! ” The car swerved sickeningly, then straightened out. ” my attorney screamed. The kid in the back looked like he was ready to jump right out of the car and take his chances. Our vibrations were getting nasty—but why? I was puzzled, frustrated. Was there no communication in this car? Had we deteriorated to the level of dumb beasts? Because my story was true.

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