Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Pretenders (Hardback)
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Short Description for Fakers Maliszewski offers a fascinating exploration of the varieties of faking, from its historical roots in satire and con artistry to its current boom. Through examples and stories, he explains why fakers almost always find believers and often flourish despite their dishonest tactics.
- Published: 11 June 2009
- Format: Hardback 245 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781595584229 ISBN 10: 1595584226
- Sales rank: 6,488
Reviews for Fakers
Engagingly written, the first section of the book into Paul Maliszewski's own writings is both sad and amusing - amusing because so many of the examples he gives are obviously satirical, sad because these articles were believed due to the expectations of their readers and publishers.
The entire book is a tribute to the fraud and fakeries of phony journalism and (mainly) writing (from deliberate misrepresentation to lazy fact checking and plagiarism which allows the internet-moderated version of gossip and 'chinese whispers' to bring 'reality' to what isn't) to some examples ranging from art fraud to plain cons. Unfortunately (or should that be fortunately?) the result seems to be a bland recitation rather than a study - an impression strengthened by the lack of any kind of bibliography (or even a short index).
The book is a light, generalist introduction to the field (as it were) , but if you are interested in more detailed who/when/where/why and how you'll want to delve further and I, at least, was left feeling mildly dissatisfied. A read for a day when concentration is low. by Ruth Sard