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Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
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Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

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Author: Brock, Pope

Brand: Broadway Books

Color: Black

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 352

Release Date: 13-01-2009

Details: Product Description The inspiration for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, NUTS!. “An extraordinary saga of the most dangerous quack of all time...entrancing” – USA Today In 1917, John R. Brinkley–America’s most brazen con man–introduced an outlandish surgical method for restoring fading male virility. It was all nonsense, but thousands of eager customers quickly made “Dr.” Brinkley one of America’s richest men–and a national celebrity. The great quack buster Morris Fishbein vowed to put the country’ s “most daring and dangerous” charlatan out of business, yet each effort seemed only to spur Brinkley to new heights of ingenuity, and the worlds of advertising, broadcasting, and politics soon proved to be equally fertile grounds for his potent brand of flimflam. Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America ripe for the bamboozling. Review “Told with uproarious brio…heavenly…A book so lively that its wild stories are virtually wall to wall.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times “An extraordinary saga of the most dangerous quack of all time…A talented storyteller, [Brock] digs deep into the personal secrets of his characters…entrancing.” — USA Today “You will devour Charlatan, Pope Brock’s tale of fools and fanatics.  With a vast and wild cast of characters, and filled with issues and topics that resonate through the years Charlatan begs comparison with Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City and deserves to be a best seller.” — Chicago Tribune “Written with glee, in a style that is pure gusto, a bubbling fountain of metaphor and arresting image…Fishbein's campaign against Brinkley makes up one strand of this extraordinary tale and provides it with a bravura courtroom finale.” — Boston Globe “Superbly crafted and enthralling...Brock’s droll style is perfect for this tale of trickery and credulity.” — Financial Times “Hugely amusing [but also] dark and cautionary, a reminder of the high price of gullibility and ignorance.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World “A compelling slice of lurid Americana…fun to read.” — Entertainment Weekly “Fascinating…Brock is gifted.” —Associated Press “Pope Brock reaches into the past and captures an incredible story…perceptive.” — Chicago Sun-Times “An irresistible and wide-ranging slice of popular history.” — The Seattle Times “If Hollywood hasn't already optioned [this], what's keeping it? —David Gates, Newsweek“Wonderful…a gripping narrative” — Nature“A rollicking biography–at turns funny and horrifying, brimming with wit, insight and who-knew facts.” — Wichita Eagle “Wonderful American social history and lots of fun.” — Kirkus Reviews “In this lively and absorbing biography, Brock deftly captures the consummate snake-oil salesman and gifted entrepreneur John R. Brinkley…recommended.” — Library Journal “Brinkley’s astonishing rise and fall story is told with wry good humor in Charlatan…compelling.” — The Times (Acadiana, Louisiana) "Brock exploits the outlandishness of Brinkley’s escapades to brilliant comic effect." — Washington CEO “This spellbinding saga of a once-famous medical man who left all too many corpses in his wake is nothing short of spectacular. Impeccably researched, smartly crafted, beautifully written, it’s a pure joy to read. And dealing, as it does, with eternal traits of human greed and gullibility, this extraordinary book is timely as well as timeless…A mesmerizing must-read, written by a writer of exquisite talent…One is left with the kind of reaction one has after reading a masterpiece.” —Heinz Kohler, Willard Long Thorp Professor of Economics, Emeritus Amherst College “Take the Duke and the King in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Roll them into one. Hand this creature a scalpel, a radio microphone and the sweet-talking skills to get filthy rich hawking a deadly implantation of goat sexual organs to gullible American men– and wome

EAN: 9780307339898

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew