History's Greatest Deceptions and the People Who Planned Them by Eric Chaline (Paperback, 2010)
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- DescriptionA light-hearted look at fifty of the greatest and grandest fakes, frauds and forgeries the world has seen. According to the Bible, human history began with the first big lie (the Serpent's deception of Eve), closely followed by the second (Eve's deception of Adam). And, as you peruse the fifty entries listed here, you will realise that humans have been trying to put one over on the other guy ever since. No matter what period or country, religion or ideology you examine, humans have lied, faked, forged, hoaxed, deceived, defrauded, and scammed their brothers and sisters in search of a quick buck, fame, glory, power, amusement, or just to see if they could get away with it. Organised chrologically from the very first deceit in Eden, it brings you the most inventive and diverting ways humans have deceived one ather. The most obvious deceptions are financial. But even though money is at the root of many deceptions, it is by means the only motivation. Scientists have tampered with evidence in the vain hope of proving their pet theories; failed artists have forged the works of past masters to garner some of their kudos; imposters have sought to hide their own drab, uninteresting origins under the mantle of borrowed names; and hoaxers have more than strained the envelope of truth to amuse themselves at the expense of others.
- Author BiographyEric Chaline is a graduate of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. After graduation, he was awarded a Mombusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) Scholarship to study in Osaka, Japan. Extending his stay in Japan for a further six years, he studied Zen Buddhism and the martial arts while working for Japan's leading publisher Kodansha Ltd in Tokyo as an editor, translator, and ghostwriter. Back in London, he worked as Japan editor on Macmillan's Grove Dictionary of Art, contributing two articles to this major history of art reference work. Upon completion of the Dictionary, he joined the staff of several men's lifestyle magazines as fitness editor and writer. This led to his first book commission, Tai Chi for Mind, Body and Spirit, published in 1998. He has since published a further 15 books, several of which have appeared in foreign-language editions. In 2008, he achieved a long-standing ambition to complete a PhD in sociology, with a study of minority sexual identities in the United Kingdom. He currently lives in London.
- Author(s)Eric Chaline
- PublisherMurdoch Books
- Date of Publication01/09/2010
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationMillers Point
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintMurdoch Books
- Out-of-print date27/02/2017
- Width170 mm
- Height227 mm
- Edition StatementIllustrated edition
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