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Story of Ambition in 50 Hoaxes - Reprint (History in 50) by Gale Eaton (Paperback)

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The con artists in this book pursued a variety of ambitions—making money, winning wars, mocking authority, finding fame, trading an ordinary life for a glamorous one—but they all chose the lowest, fastest road to get there. Every hoax is a curtain, and behind it is a deceiver operating levers and smoke machines to make us see what is not there and miss what is. As P.T. Barnum knew, you can short-circuit critical thinking in any century by telling people what they want to hear. Most scams operate on a personal scale, but some have shaped the balance of world power, inspired explorers to sail uncharted seas, derailed scientific progress, or caused terrible massacres. A HISTORY OF AMBITION IN 50 HOAXES guides us through a rogue’s gallery of hustlers, liars, swindlers, imposters, scammers, pretenders, and cheats. In Gale Eaton’s wide-ranging synthesis, the history of deception is a colorful tour, with surprising insights behind every curtain. Fountas & Pinnell Level Z+
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: Xvi, 270 pages :
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Law + Crime, History
Series Title: History in 50
Format: Paperback
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Age Range: Teen
Book theme: Values & Virtues, General
Author: Gale Eaton
Language: English
Street Date: January 15, 2019
TCIN: 51733174
UPC: 9780884484929
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-3058
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