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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor

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A real-life Talented Mr. Ripley, the unbelievable thirty-year run of a shape-shifting con man.

The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man-because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began.

Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she'd wed a Rockefeller.

The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions-working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection-until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.

The story of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is a probing and cinematic exploration of an audacious imposer-and a man determined to live the American dream by any means necessary.

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“Forget fiction. Pop this jaw-dropper in your beach bag.” —USA Today

This shocking expose goes behind the headlines to uncover the true story of Clark Rockefeller, wealthy scion of a great American family, who kidnapped his own daughter and vanished. The police and FBI were baffled. Tips poured in, but every lead was a dead end … because “Clark Rockefeller” did not exist. In a gripping work of investigative journalism, Mark Seal reveals how German native Christian Gerhartsreiter came to the United States, where he stepped in and out of identities for decades, eventually posing as a Rockefeller for twelve years, married to a wealthy woman who had no idea who he really was. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and now updated with more stunning details, The Man in the Rockefeller Suit chillingly reveals the audacity and cunning of a shape-shifting con man.

About the Author

Mark Seal is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where his piece on Gerhartsreiter was a finalist for a 2010 National Magazine Award. He is also the author of Wildflower. He lives in Aspen, Colorado.

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Nancy L, July 5, 2015 (view all comments by Nancy L)
I love true crime; but not the gruesome accounts of violent killers as much as the fascinating stories of those who manage to lead double lives. The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is astonishing. Not only did Christian Gerhartsreiter manage to dupe people for 30 years; he duped the Boston Brahmins of Beacon Hill into thinking he was a member of the Rockefeller family and conned his way into the most exclusive private clubs. He duped people in the Manhattan art world into thinking he had a world-class art collection. He hid his native German accent by imitating Thurston Howell, III of Gilligan's Island! He also duped a Stanford and Harvard educated woman into marrying him and believing he had fabulous wealth, but no access to it. How did he charm and lie his way into such intelligent people's lives without them realizing he had no documented past?

The story of Gerhartsreiter's amazing path to wealth and privilege; and of course his downward spiral as the truth unfolds is a great summer read, especially if you enjoy truth that is stranger than fiction.
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ISBN:
9780452298033
Author:
Seal, Mark
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w photo insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
26.75 x 14 x 6.25 in 11.6 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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“Forget fiction. Pop this jaw-dropper in your beach bag.” —USA Today

This shocking expose goes behind the headlines to uncover the true story of Clark Rockefeller, wealthy scion of a great American family, who kidnapped his own daughter and vanished. The police and FBI were baffled. Tips poured in, but every lead was a dead end … because “Clark Rockefeller” did not exist. In a gripping work of investigative journalism, Mark Seal reveals how German native Christian Gerhartsreiter came to the United States, where he stepped in and out of identities for decades, eventually posing as a Rockefeller for twelve years, married to a wealthy woman who had no idea who he really was. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and now updated with more stunning details, The Man in the Rockefeller Suit chillingly reveals the audacity and cunning of a shape-shifting con man.

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