Scams, Scandals, and Skulduggery (1996)

Scams, Scandals, and Skulduggery
Scams, Scandals, And Skulduggery presents seventeen tales of the world's most outrageous frauds. These stories range from the past (such as the master forger and the Brazilian aristocrat who sold six copies of the Mona Lisa to wealthy and dishonest collectors -- and then had to steal the original painting to maintain the fiction) to the present, such as the famous case of the forged Hitler diaries. Many of the "heroes" break the law, such as Albert Spaggieri, who, in 1976, stole a fortune from a bank in Nice, feeding his gang with take-out pastries from one of the city's finest restaurants, and then escaping through the sewers, and some don't break the law, such as the Irish Lawyer who, in the 1930s patented trademark names like Kellogg's, General Electric, Goodyear, and Dupont in his own name, and then raked in millions when the companies had to rent back their own names from him to do business in Ireland. These tales of outrageous chicanery command a kind of admiration for their sheer ingenuity and daring, and Schroeder's wicked, deadpan style of narrative makes Scams, Scandals, And Skulduggery fascinating, funny reading. Scams, Scandals, And Skulduggery is the stuff of which urban legends are made!

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