As long as there have been people willing to believe the unbelievable, people have been duped. In the best storytelling tradition, readers can follow the tales of:
How the Nazis planned to destroy the British economy during World War II by flooding the world with millions of fake British banknotes
How an infamous radio broadcast had American citizens convinced that Martians were invading the country
How one of the 20th century's most elaborate scams — conducting tours to the lost Tasaday tribe in the Philippines — fooled the world's media and top scientists for nearly a decade.
The author's fascination with the boldness and inventiveness of the swindlers, as well as their motives, makes for a compelling read. The stories instill a sense of disbelief, amusement and even grudging admiration for these ingenious scam artists who often (but not always) meet a bad end.
Accompanied by graphic-style artwork, each tale offers a great escape for readers drawn to true stories presented in a lively fashion.