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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Farquhar Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781440744198
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We may say that honesty is the best policy, but history—to say nothing of business, politics, and the media—suggests otherwise. In this infinitely citable book, the author of two bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts some of the greatest deceptions of all time. With what forged document did the Vatican lay claim to much of Europe? Who wrote Hitler’s diaries? Why do millions still believe the vague doggerel that Nostradamus passed off as prophecy? Organizing his material by theme—con artists, the press, military trickery, scientific fraud, imposters, great escapes, and more—Michael Farquhar takes in everything from the hoodwinking of Hitler to Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s thirty-year crazy act.

A Treasury of Deception is a zestful, gossipy exposé—and celebration—of mendacity.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/13/2013

    " Another interesting book from Michael Farquhar. I have read every one that I can get my hands on and they are all interesting bits of history and always funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/13/2013

    " Oh my, how we hoodwink eachother. Still, it's good for a laugh! Keep in mind that history repeats itself!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha Strader | 9/29/2013

    " I love Farquhar, and not just because the subliminals at the back of the book told me too. He takes history, often considered a dry and boring subject, and injects some life into it! This isn't my favorite of his books, but it's great anyway! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 keong nakal | 9/14/2013

    " am still reading it, so no comment yet so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 flannery | 9/1/2013

    " Not nearly as niche as the monocled man on the cover would have you believe. This is not a rib-tickling compendium of turn of the century bamboozlers, it is a perfunctory review of world history that somehow manages to lump WWI and WWII under the banner of "hoaxes." I've been had! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabella Wilson | 8/16/2013

    " Great book....lot of information and facts I did not know about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 6/30/2013

    " This book is interesting but is essentially a collection of trivia without much to hold it together other than the naughtiness of idolizing criminals a little bit. Again, would be better suited as an internet article - there's no need for this list to be bound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 3/5/2013

    " If you had a feeling people were lying to you, this book will confirm it and let you know that they've been doing it as long as humankind was able to make a statement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simone Smith | 2/17/2013

    " It starts off promising enough... you're like "Oooh! Historical tidbits!!" but then things get reeeeeeeeeally repetitive. And the author's voice kind of rubs me the wrong way. Too many cheesy remarks and promotions for other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 12/25/2012

    " Interesting people we don't typically hear about; you will most likely know some of the cases. Shortish pieces good for listening to when your time might be cut up. At end are a bunch of literary deceivers which I really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 10/24/2012

    " A fun little diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 10/23/2012

    " This is a great one for laying on the tank. The title is pretty clear, I think. If this sort of thing fascinates you as it does me (this one now holds a place on my downstairs shelf of All Things Fraudulent), this is a good little compendium. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Boyd | 7/9/2011

    " it doesn't keep my attention very well. I've been on and off trying to read it all month, more off then on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 4/4/2011

    " Great, I love this series. They are fast fun and entertaining. The don't even read like non-fiction for those who don't like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 12/13/2010

    " Interesting people we don't typically hear about; you will most likely know some of the cases. Shortish pieces good for listening to when your time might be cut up. At end are a bunch of literary deceivers which I really enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/22/2010

    " Another interesting book from Michael Farquhar. I have read every one that I can get my hands on and they are all interesting bits of history and always funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 4/21/2010

    " If you had a feeling people were lying to you, this book will confirm it and let you know that they've been doing it as long as humankind was able to make a statement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 8/29/2009

    " Great, I love this series. They are fast fun and entertaining. The don't even read like non-fiction for those who don't like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simone | 12/29/2008

    " It starts off promising enough... you're like "Oooh! Historical tidbits!!" but then things get reeeeeeeeeally repetitive. And the author's voice kind of rubs me the wrong way. Too many cheesy remarks and promotions for other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/9/2008

    " Oh my, how we hoodwink eachother. Still, it's good for a laugh! Keep in mind that history repeats itself!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 3/11/2008

    " This book is interesting but is essentially a collection of trivia without much to hold it together other than the naughtiness of idolizing criminals a little bit. Again, would be better suited as an internet article - there's no need for this list to be bound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 8/26/2007

    " it doesn't keep my attention very well. I've been on and off trying to read it all month, more off then on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 keong | 8/13/2007

    " am still reading it, so no comment yet so far "

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About the Author
Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor at The Washington Post, is the bestselling author of the critically praised Behind the Palace Doors, as well as the national bestsellers A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, A Treasury of Deception, and A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans. His work has been featured in a number of national publications, and he has appeared as a commentator on such programs as History’s top-rated Russia: Land of the Tsars and The French Revolution.
About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.