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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

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nrlymrtl, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is an interesting little audiobook (only 5 CDs) that takes the reader into the world of bibliophiles, con men, and bibliomaniacs. Allison Hoover Bartlett, a journalist, has given us a very approachable read on John Gilkey, a con man who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare and valuable books over the years. The author captures his sense of entitlement and his total lack of guilt over theft.
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William Stanger, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by William Stanger)
I never thought it was possible to love books too much until I read this book. It showed how far an unbalanced obsession can go if you let it. It was a really great book, though.
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cat taylor, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by cat taylor)
I thought this book was really intriguing and exciting it kept my attention up to the end. It was a quick and very enjoyable read. Living in the area where the book took place and being aware of many of the book shops he frequented in the Bay Area, and out of the area also made it all the more exciting. I highly recommended this book to many people.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594484810
Author:
Bartlett, Allison Hoover
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.34 x 5.62 x 0.76 in 0.55 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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Wow! What a fascinating book about a fascinating man: John Gilkey, professional book thief. Hoover Bartlett seems to have a hard time untangling herself from her story, which gives the book an interesting discordant feel. It is practically impossible to look away from this man's train wreck of a career, while your loyalties unwillingly waver from book dealers, to Gilkey, to the FBI, and back again. Bibliophiles will alternately salivate and shudder at every detail of every book heist. Delicious!

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Unrepentant book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the country. Yet unlike most thieves who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for love-the love of books. Perhaps equally obsessive is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" who's driven to catch him. Following this eccentric cat-and-mouse chase with a mixture of suspense, insight and humor, Allison Hoover Bartlett plunges the reader deep into a rich world of fanatical book lust and considers what it is that makes some people stop at nothing to posses the titles they love.

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