Hoax : A History of Deception: 5,000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies
by Tattersall, Ian; Névraumont, Peter







Prefaceix
1 Other Animals: Evolution of the Con
1(4)
2 Apocalypticism: The End of the World As We Know It
5(4)
3 Pseudoarkeology: The Ark At the End of the Rainbow
9(4)
4 Predetermined Combat: Gladiators and Pro Wrestlers
13(6)
5 Selling Empires: The Julian Purchase
19(4)
6 Cryptozoology: The Loch Ness Monster
23(6)
7 Sacred Relics: The Precious Prepuce
29(4)
8 Gender Bending: Pope Joan
33(4)
9 Sindonology: The Shroud of Turin
37(4)
10 Renaissance Reprobates: Michelangelo's Cupid
41(4)
11 Fraudulent Ethnicity: Psalmanazar
45(4)
12 Romantic Suicide: Thomas Chatterton
49(4)
13 Counterfeit Wine: Thomas Jefferson's Lafite
53(4)
14 Pseudoshakespeare: The Boy Who Would Be Bard
57(6)
15 Cryptoanthropology: The Saga of Bigfoot
63(4)
16 Imaginary Lands: Poyais
67(6)
17 Alternate Realities: Faked Photographs
73(6)
18 Aerial Feats: Edgar Allan Poe and the Great Balloon Hoax
79(4)
19 Communing With the Departed: Spiritualism and Evolution
83(4)
20 Diddling: The Original Con Man
87(4)
21 Pseudoarchaeology: The Davenport Tablets
91(4)
22 Ultimate Diets: Breatharianism
95(6)
23 Deathbed Conversions: The Lady Hope
101(4)
24 Forged Documents: The Priory of Sion
105(4)
25 Public Credulity: Political Lies
109(4)
26 Political Persecutions: The Dreyfus Affair
113(6)
27 Financial Fraud: The Scammer Scammed
119(3)
28 Fake Paleoanthropology: Piltdown
122(5)
29 Arctic Exploration: Robert Peary
127(6)
30 Quack Medicine: Radionics
133(4)
31 Mythogenesis: The Six Mona Lisas
137(4)
32 Fake Music: Fritz Kreisler
141(4)
33 Pseudoplanetology: Flat and Hollow Earths
145(6)
34 Fake Art: Tribute or Exploitation?
151(4)
35 Dialectical Biology: Lysenkoism and Its Consequences
155(4)
36 Counterfeit Cadavers: "The Man Who Never Was"
159(4)
37 Invented Identities: Korla Pandit
163(4)
38 Misguided Archaeology: A Lion In Winter
167(4)
39 Circumnavigations That Weren't: The Sad Saga of Donald Crowhurst
171(6)
40 Lunacy: Conspiracy Theories
177(3)
41 Human Variation: The Fallacy of Race
180(4)
42 Eternal Life: The Frozen Self
184(5)
43 Homeopathy: The Memory of Water
189(3)
44 Pseudopaleontology: "Archaeoraptor"
192(5)
45 Unreliable Memories: Fake Memoirs
197(4)
46 Irrational Hysteria: Vaccines and Autism
201(3)
47 Peer Review: Jan Hendrik Schon
204(4)
48 Bogus Security: Fake Bomb Detectors
208(5)
49 Faked Deaths: Pseudocide
213(3)
50 Fake Journalism: Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and Their Legacy
216(5)
Epilogue221(4)
Further Reading225(12)
Acknowledgments237(2)
Index239


"An entertaining collection of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities. World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, has teamed up with Peter N‚evraumont to create this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a masterpiece; Arctic explorers seek an entrance into a hollow Earth; a Shakespeare tragedy is "rediscovered"; a financial scheme inspires Charles Ponzi; a spirit photographer snaps Abraham Lincoln's ghost; people can survive ingesting only air and sunshine; Edgar Allen Pie is the forefather of fake news; and the firsthuman was not only British but played cricket. Told chronologically, HOAX begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world from 365 AD and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the worlds of art, science, literature, journalism, and finance. World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, has teamed up with Peter N‚evraumont to create this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a masterpiece; Arctic explorers seek an entrance into a hollow Earth; a Shakespeare tragedy is "rediscovered;" a financial scheme inspires Charles Ponzi; a spirit photographer snaps Abraham Lincoln's ghost; people can survive ingesting only air and sunshine; Edgar Allen Poe is the forefather of fake news; and the first human was not only British but played cricket. Organized chronologically, Hoax begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world from 365 AD and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the worlds of art, science, literature, journalism, andfinance"-





Ian Tattersall, PhD, is Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he co-curates the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. He is the acknowledged leader of the human fossil record, and has won several awards, including the Institute of Human Origins Lifetime Achievement Award. Tattersall has appeared on Charlie Rose and NPR's Science Friday, and has written for Scientific American and Archaeology. He's been widely cited by the media, including The New York Times, BBC, MSNBC, and National Geographic. Tattersall is the author of Masters of the Planet, which the Atlantic calls "Quietly magnificent," among other titles. He lives in New York City.

Peter N. N?vraumont has produced a number of award-winning natural history book and worked with some of the world's leading scientists, including Meave Leakey, Niles Eldredge, Stephen J. Gould, and Donald Johanson. He lives in New York City.





Hoax contains 50 entries on charlatans and frauds from all of human history, plus one about nonhuman, evolutionary fakery. Natural-historians Tattersall and Nťvraumont cover apocalyptic predictions, several cases of pseudoarchaeology and cryptozoology, fake spiritualists and spirit photographers, and fake medicine, and the (debunked) link between vaccines and autism. The writing style is casual and will appeal to a broad age range, and images document the hoaxes. It ends with suggestions for further reading for each chapter and an index. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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