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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi
Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

suedihfed, January 1, 2013

I thought this book was absolutely fascinating. Perenyi is incredible - even though he's a forger, I think he should get some credit for being an exceptionally talented artist as well. Being able to fool experts is no easy task (it's their job!!), and Perenyi kept it up for decades, which is quite a feat. On top of the wild stories, I loved how many photos and illustrations the book includes; they really help to showcase Perenyi's remarkable talent. Hearing the whole story from Perenyi himself made the whole thing feel very real and personal, and I have never read anything else like it.
He is also a Jersey boy and I grew up in the same decade and same area as he did. I was familiar with all the locations he wrote about which made the story come alive. I couldn't put this book down. If he had put as much energy into forging great masterpieces, he could have been a great artist in his own right.
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