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Crafty Crooks & Conmen

Author: Nigel Blundell; Sue Blackhall
Publisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From Clifford Irving and his Howard Hughes hoax to the great imposter Frank "Catch Me if You Can" Abagnale-a fascinating history of the art of the con. They're shrewd, cunning, devious-and charmingly trustworthy. While the criminal exploits of these tricksters, frauds, and swindlers can't be condoned, it's near-impossible not to be awed by their audacity and ingenuity. Take Victor Lustig, the "Bouncing Czech" who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Blundell, Nigel.
Crafty Crooks & Conmen.
Barnsley : Pen & Sword Books, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Blundell; Sue Blackhall
ISBN: 9781781598887 1781598886
OCLC Number: 1088319352
Description: 1 online resource (176 pages)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 --
The 'Spy' who Duped them; CHAPTER 2 --
The Star-struck Conman; CHAPTER 3 --
Secretary's Secret Stash; CHAPTER 4 --
Scourge of the Sex Surgeon; CHAPTER 5 --
Politician who 'Drowned' in Debt; CHAPTER 6 --
'Colonel' who Fleeced 'The King'; CHAPTER 7 --
A Past Master at Deception; CHAPTER 8 --
Captain of Köpenick; CHAPTER 9 --
Clone 'Genius' Accused; CHAPTER 10 --
'Laird' of Tomintoul; CHAPTER 11 --
'Count' who was King of the Cons; CHAPTER 12 --
Landmark Cases; CHAPTER 13 --
Catch Me if you Can CHAPTER 14 --
The Pilfering PatriotCHAPTER 15 --
Racing 'Certainties'; CHAPTER 16 --
Evangelists who fell from Grace; CHAPTER 17 --
Spree of the Phoney 'Lady'; CHAPTER 18 --
Story of the 'Invisible' Man; CHAPTER 19 --
Fortune of Bricks and Straw; CHAPTER 20 --
'Antiques' of the Artful Codger; CHAPTER 21 --
Sincerely Rich, Seriously Crooked; CHAPTER 22 --
Honour at a Price; CHAPTER 23 --
All that Glitters; CHAPTER 24 --
Tycoon of Cell 10 B3; CHAPTER 25 --
Lady with the Secret Smile; CHAPTER 26 --
Prince of Parasites; CHAPTER 27 --
'A Likeable Bastard'; CHAPTER 28 --
The Big Fat Liar

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From Clifford Irving and his Howard Hughes hoax to the great imposter Frank "Catch Me if You Can" Abagnale-a fascinating history of the art of the con. They're shrewd, cunning, devious-and charmingly trustworthy. While the criminal exploits of these tricksters, frauds, and swindlers can't be condoned, it's near-impossible not to be awed by their audacity and ingenuity. Take Victor Lustig, the "Bouncing Czech" who sold the Eiffel Tower-twice; John Stonehouse, a philandering politician who faked his own death to escape his sins; the impotence cure of the bizarre Dr. John Brinkley who transplanted goat testicles on gullible men; embarrassingly successful Goldman Sachs embezzler Joyti De-Laurey; or Robert Hendy-Freegard, a car salesman and serial seducer who convinced scores of women he was an MI5 agent. Here, too, are the exploits of a "friend of the stars" who infiltrated a royal castle; a fake Scots "laird" who operated from the heart of Scotland Yard; evangelists who fell from grace; and other pilferers, parasites, artful dodgers, charming bastards, femme fatales, big fat liars, and grand masters of dishonorable mention.

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