The Irresistible Con

The Bizarre Life of a Fraudulent Genius

By Francis Wheen
(Short Books, Paperback, 9781904095743, 154pp.)

Publication Date: April 2004

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His names were crazy enough--Baron Hajdu, Carl Rodgers, Mr. Carl, Michael Karoly. And his jobs too--receptionist, hypnotherapist, businessman, rentier, journalist, and sex worker. But he was always careful to cover his tracks, so no-one suspected a thing when in 1971 a curious new figure appeared on the London academic scene. Her name was Charlotte Bach, and she was a broad-shouldered mammoth of a woman, with a deep voice and a heavy Central European accent. She was a former lecturer at the University of Budapest, and had a new theory of sex and evolution which was soon being heralded as one of the greatest intellectual advances of the 20th century.
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