Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great PretendersBook - 2009
A fascinating exploration of the varieties of faking, from its historical root in satire and con artistry to its current boom in popularity. Including tales from the New York Sun's 1835 moon hoax, to Maliszewski's own satiric letters which he duplicitously sent to his editor whilst working as a reporter, and the invented poet Ern Malley, he explains why fakers almost always find believers and flourish. Since 1997, the author has researched fakers, asking why they disembled and how believers were fooled. Fakers exposes much about belief, forgery and truth.
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2009
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 20 cm