A book about notorious hoaxers, plagiarists, phonies and alternate-facts from 1840’s P.T. Barnum to the fake news in social media and politics today. In between, the author covered many more characters who fooled at least some of us some of the time. Many are from a generation or more ago but many are recent offenders. A partial list are: Frederic Prokosch “Butterfly Books”, Diney Costeloe “The Girl with No Name”, George Psalmanaazaar “… Formosa”, James Hogue, Ravi Desai, Jane Daniel “Misha”, Michael Finkel, James Frey “A Million Little Pieces”, Steven Glass, Clifford Irving “Howard Hughes”, Lance Armstrong, Bernie Madoff, J.T. LeRoy, Greg Mortenson “Three Cups of Tea”, Janet Cooke, Clark Rockefeller, Kaavya Viswanathan “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life”, Jayson Blair … Rachel Dolezal etc. 5 stars for being informative but 3 stars for the meandering when cross referencing people, deeds and sins.
Note: seems like an equal opportunity occupation with whites, blacks, asians, men, women, liberals, alt-righters, ... all in the game.