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Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

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In 1917, after years of selling worthless patent remedies throughout the Southeast, John R. Brinkley–America’s most brazen young con man–arrived in the tiny town of Milford, Kansas. He set up a medical practice and introduced an outlandish surgical method using goat glands to restore the fading virility of local farmers.

It was all nonsense, of course, but thousands of paying customers quickly turned “Dr.” Brinkley into America’s richest and most famous surgeon. His notoriety captured the attention of the great quackbuster Morris Fishbein, who vowed to put the country’s “most daring and dangerous” charlatan out of business.

Their cat-and-mouse game lasted throughout the 1920s and ’30s, but despite Fishbein’s efforts Brinkley prospered wildly. When he ran for governor of Kansas, he invented campaigning techniques still used in modern politics. Thumbing his nose at American regulators, he built the world’s most powerful radio transmitter just across the Rio Grande to offer sundry cures, and killed or maimed patients by the score, yet his warped genius produced innovations in broadcasting that endure to this day. By introducing country music and blues to the nation, Brinkley also became a seminal force in rock ’n’ roll. In short, he is the most creative criminal this country has ever produced.

Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation that pit Brinkley against his nemesis Fishbein, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America that was ripe for the bamboozling.

Synopsis:

Tells the story of the little-known Dr. John Brinkley and his unquenchable thirst for fame and fortune and Morris Fishbein, a quackbuster extraordinaire who relentlessly pursued the greatest charlatan of the 1920s and 1930s.

About the Author

POPE BROCK is the author of the critically acclaimed Indiana Gothic, the story of his great-grandfather’s murder in 1908. Brock has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, and the London Sunday Times Magazine. He lives in upstate New York with his twin daughters, Molly and Hannah.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307409652
Subtitle:
America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Pope Brock
Author:
Brock, Pope
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Medical : History
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Brinkley, John Richard
Subject:
Quacks and quackery - United States - History
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Crime-General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080205
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
324

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
Biography » Medical
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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"Synopsis" by , Tells the story of the little-known Dr. John Brinkley and his unquenchable thirst for fame and fortune and Morris Fishbein, a quackbuster extraordinaire who relentlessly pursued the greatest charlatan of the 1920s and 1930s.
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