History’s Greatest Deceptions
Since the beginning of time, regardless of country or religion, culture or epoch, humans have found ways to hoax, deceive, defraud and scam one another – to make a quick buck, to garner fame or glory, to attain power, for amusement … or simply because they could.
History’s Greatest Deceptions trawls through the annals of history to bring you the most inventive ways that humans have swindled, cheated and scammed one another. Starting with the very first lie in the Garden of Eden, where Eve, according to the Bible, was deceived by the Serpent, the book outlines the nature, details and consequences of some of history’s major deceptions. It discusses the great imposter Hua Mulan, woman warrior in China’s all-male army; the original ‘pyramid’ schemer Charles Ponzi and his most recent imitator, Bernard Madoff; forged ‘evidence’ of a Jewish plot to take over the world by anti-Semites in Germany and Russia; and the fake phenomena of crop circles and ‘alien abductions’.
This light-hearted look at fifty of the greatest and grandest fakes, frauds and forgeries the world has seen will have you gasping in delight, disbelief and sheer amazement.