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The Napoleon of crime : the life and times of Adam Worth, master thief

Author: Ben Macintyre
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American ed., 1st Farrar, Straus and Giroux edView all editions and formats
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The Victorian era's most infamous thief, Adam Worth was the original Napoleon of crime. Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal. And steal he did. Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society. He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole. His most celebrated heist:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Adam Worth; Adam Worth
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Macintyre
ISBN: 0374218994 9780374218997 9780307886460 0307886468 0385319932 9780385319935
OCLC Number: 36201485
Description: xi, 336 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Life and times of Adam Worth, master thief
Responsibility: Ben Macintyre.

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The Victorian era's most infamous thief, Adam Worth was the original Napoleon of crime. Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal. And steal he did. Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society. He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole. His most celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a painting Worth adored and often slept with for twenty years. With a brilliant gang that included "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, train robber, and playboy, and "the Scratch" Becker, master forger, Worth secretly ran operations from New York to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton man finally brought him down. In a decadent age, Worth was an icon. His biography is a grand tour into the gaslit underworld of the last century. . . and into the doomed genius of a criminal mastermind.

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