The Irresistible Con by Francis Wheen
The Bizarre Life of a Fraudulent Genius

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His names were crazy enough—Baron Hajdu, Carl Rodgers, Mr. Carl, Michael Karoly. And his jobs too—receptionist, hypnotherapist, businessman, rentier, journalist, and sex worker. But he was always careful to cover his tracks, so no-one suspected a thing when in 1971 a curious new figure appeared on the London academic scene. Her name was Charlotte Bach, and she was a broad-shouldered mammoth of a woman, with a deep voice and a heavy Central European accent. She was a former lecturer at the University of Budapest, and had a new theory of sex and evolution which was soon being heralded as one of the greatest intellectual advances of the 20th century.

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Francis Wheen is an award-winning columnist for "The Guardian" in London, & the deputy editor of "Private Eye".
Published April 1, 2004 by Short Books. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime.

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As Bach, Hajdu offered clever Britons an inscrutable new theory, suggesting that “sexual deviation operated as the mainspring of evolution.” Before assuming the persona of the big woman, Hajdu, late of Budapest, was an autodidact who sometimes enjoyed being a girl.

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Born in Hungary in 1920, Hajdu survived both the Nazi and Soviet occupations before escaping to England, where he reinvented himself as a smooth-talking aristocrat and began fleecing Londoners with a series of outrageous scams.

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