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Author Tattersall, Ian, author.

Title Hoax : a history of deception : 5,000 years of fakes, forgeries, and fallacies / Ian Tattersall and Peter N. Nevraumont.

Publication Info. New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, Hachette Book Group, 2018.

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Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  001.9 Tat    ---  Available
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Summary "An entertaining collection of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities. World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, has teamed up with Peter NÚvraumont to create this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a masterpiece; Arctic explorers seek an entrance into a hollow Earth; a Shakespeare tragedy is "rediscovered"; a financial scheme inspires Charles Ponzi; a spirit photographer snaps Abraham Lincoln's ghost; people can survive ingesting only air and sunshine; Edgar Allen Pie is the forefather of fake news; and the first human was not only British but played cricket. Told chronologically, HOAX begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world from 365 AD and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the worlds of art, science, literature, journalism, and finance. World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, has teamed up with Peter NÚvraumont to create this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a masterpiece; Arctic explorers seek an entrance into a hollow Earth; a Shakespeare tragedy is "rediscovered;" a financial scheme inspires Charles Ponzi; a spirit photographer snaps Abraham Lincoln's ghost; people can survive ingesting only air and sunshine; Edgar Allen Poe is the forefather of fake news; and the first human was not only British but played cricket. <!--EndFragment--> Organized chronologically, Hoax begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world from 365 AD and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the worlds of art, science, literature, journalism, and finance"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject History -- Errors, inventions, etc. -- Anecdotes.
Common fallacies -- Anecdotes.
Hoaxes -- Anecdotes.
Tall tales -- Anecdotes.
Deception -- Anecdotes.
Art -- Forgeries -- Anecdotes.
Folklore -- Anecdotes.
REFERENCE / Curiosities & Wonders.
HISTORY / Social History.
Added Author NÚvraumont, Peter N., author.
ISBN 9780316503723
031650372X

 
    
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