Duped! by Andreas Schroeder
True Stories of the World's Best Swindlers (It Actually Happened)

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As long as there have been people willing to believe the unbelievable, people have been duped. In the best storytelling tradition, readers can follow the tales of:

• How the Nazis planned to destroy the British economy during World War II by flooding the world with millions of fake British banknotes
• How an infamous radio broadcast had American citizens convinced that Martians were invading the country
• How one of the 20th century’s most elaborate scams — conducting tours to the lost Tasaday tribe in the Philippines — fooled the world’s media and top scientists for nearly a decade.

The author’s fascination with the boldness and inventiveness of the swindlers, as well as their motives, makes for a compelling read. The stories instill a sense of disbelief, amusement and even grudging admiration for these ingenious scam artists who often (but not always) meet a bad end.

Accompanied by graphic-style artwork, each tale offers a great escape for readers drawn to true stories presented in a lively fashion.
 

About Andreas Schroeder

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Andreas Schroeder was the resident "Scam-meister" for 12 years on a popular radio show, where he uncovered ingenious frauds and hoaxes. He is an award-winning author who has published more than 20 books, including the highly successful Scams. Remy Simard is a cartoonist, commercial artist and award-winning author and illustrator who has a long list of published children's books. His work has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
 
Published August 1, 2011 by Annick Press. 158 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Here readers learn of the Tasaday deception, the 18th-century Shakespeare fraud (with its sad father-son conflict), Orson Welles’ radio hysteria (said Orson: “Every true artist must, in his own way, be a magician, a charlatan”), along with plenty of plain old swindles serving as cautionary tales ...

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