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The Museum of Hoaxes

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ISBN13: 9780525946786
ISBN10: 0525946780
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Based on the author's popular website, Alex Boese's The Museum of Hoaxes takes readers on a tour of hundreds of documented hoaxes, many published here for the first time. You'll read about the curiosities and cons of the most notorious hornswogglers and flimflam men of the nineteenth century; you'll be astounded at the impostors, pretenders, carnies, and tricksters of the twentieth.

Learn how Edgar Allan Poe got away with an astonishing literary deception. Or how P. T. Barnum turned hoaxing the public into big business. It's all here, from the origin of April Fools' Day to the Taco Liberty Bell, from Bigfoot to the War of the Worlds to recent Internet hoaxes. There's also a Gullibility Test that challenges readers to answer the question: "Would these hoaxes have fooled YOU?"

Written with both humor and historical insight, and complete with photographs and illustrations, The Museum of Hoaxes will be the gift book of choice for anyone who has ever been duped, deceived, tricked, or trumped...or just likes watching the pros in action.

Review:

"While short accounts of a variety of hoaxes won't satisfy aficionados, the general public may find it useful to know how some familiar hoaxes e.g., the Loch Ness monster were unmasked, and Boese's 'suggested reading' list will help intrigued readers dig deeper." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Despite its origin as thesis material, the work is not meant to be academic, and there is no analysis of any kind. All dissertations should be this much fun." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Whether it is picked for cover-to-cover reading or occasional browsing, readers are sure to find many laughs." Booklist

About the Author

Alex Boese is a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego, where he is completing his doctoral dissertation. He is the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com, which began in 1997 as research notes for his dissertation. His website has received acclaim from Yahoo!, as well as USA Today and other newspapers around the world.

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crowyhead, August 22, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
While this book is amusing and is excellent for bathroom reading or for reading quick bits during a commute, it's a little light on analysis and explanation for my tastes. Still, lots of fun, and a great companion to Boese's "Museum of Hoaxes" website.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525946786
Author:
Boese, Alex
Publisher:
Plume
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Questions & Answers
Subject:
Curiosities & Wonders
Subject:
Museums
Subject:
Impostors and imposture
Subject:
Fraud
Subject:
Essays
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Series Volume:
1066
Publication Date:
20031028
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.61x5.56x.98 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525946786 Reviews:
"Review" by , "While short accounts of a variety of hoaxes won't satisfy aficionados, the general public may find it useful to know how some familiar hoaxes e.g., the Loch Ness monster were unmasked, and Boese's 'suggested reading' list will help intrigued readers dig deeper."
"Review" by , "Despite its origin as thesis material, the work is not meant to be academic, and there is no analysis of any kind. All dissertations should be this much fun."
"Review" by , "Whether it is picked for cover-to-cover reading or occasional browsing, readers are sure to find many laughs."
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