Duped!: True Stories of the World's Best Swindlers (Hardcover)

True Stories of the World's Best Swindlers

By Andreas Schroeder, Remy Simard (Illustrator)

Annick Press, 9781554513512, 157pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011



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.

About the Author

Andreas Schroeder was the resident "Scam-meister" for 12 years on a popular radio show, where he uncovered ingenious frauds and hoaxes. He is an award-winning author who has published more than 20 books, including the highly successful "Scams." Remy Simard is a cartoonist, commercial artist and award-winning author and illustrator who has a long list of published children's books. His work has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.