|Did a collector
with a knack for making sensational discoveries really find the first
document ever printed in America? Did Adolf Hitler actually pen a
revealing multivolume set of diaries? Has Jesus of Nazareth's burial
cloth survived the ages? Can the shocking true account of Abraham
Lincoln's assassination be found in lost pages from his murderer's
observed that "history is a set of lies agreed upon," and Edward Steers
Jr. investigates six of the most amazing frauds ever to gain wide
acceptance in this engrossing book.
legitimacy of the Shroud of Turin, perhaps the most hotly debated relic
in all of Christianity, and the fossils purported to confirm humanity's
"missing link," the Piltdown Man.
discusses two remarkable
forgeries, the Hitler diaries and the "Oath of a Freeman," and famous
conspiracy theories al-leging that Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior
knowledge of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor and that the details of
Lincoln's assas-sination are recorded in missing pages from John Wilkes
The controversies that Steers presents show that there
are two major factors involved in the success of a hoax or forgery --
greed and the desire to believe. Though all of the counterfeits and
conspiracies featured in Hoax have been
scientifically debunked, some
remain fixed in many people's minds as truth. As Steers points out, the
success of these frauds highlights a disturbing fact: If true history
fails to entertain the public, it is likely to be ignored or forgotten.
Hitler's Diaries, Lincoln's Assassins, and Other Famous Frauds
by Edward Steers Jr.
The University Press of Kentucky, 2013
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