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Fake: Forgery, Lies, & eBay Paperback – May 8, 2007
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This leads to some rather dire consequences. You can't believe what this guy goes through, and you wonder how he survived. In the end, he not only survives, but thrives, and it's inspiring to watch him get there.
The writing is not dry or boring at all, and reads like a great novel. He weaves his own crazy story with interesting facts about eBay, the art world, and the criminal justice system. I should say this: This book is not just for eBay users. This is a story ANYone could enjoy and relate to. I challenge you to to try and tear yourself away from it once you start.
However, that is not why I am writing this review. This is a story of someone who knew nothing about art but was slowly engulfed in a new world where profit opportunity was high and old rules no longer applied. The individual involved acted like a major corporation in slowly bending the rules until they no longer believed the old rules or thought they could not possible be caught.
I think the story should be read by every corporate executive in America. It shows how easy it is to justify going 65 in a 55 zone and then occasionally speeding up to 85 when you think no one cares that you are going over the speed limit.
It is also an inspirational tale. I am very impressed with the author and how he changed his life around.
I would also recommend this book to anyone buying or selling on ebay. It is unbelievable how some of the items are marketed there. Ebay is not incented to police it to the degree they should. Buyer beware. At least for sure, I can tell you the art is not what you think it is!
This is a fast read .. get it.
The book has a lot to say about the art world, a world I didn't really know anything about, and the author tilts up the corporate giant that is eBay and allows you to look at its dark underside, which is populated by a lot of pretty nasty characters (including, by the middle of the book, the author himself). He undertakes some pretty shady stuff and gets himself in a lot of trouble, all the while deluding himself into thinking he's not really doing anything wrong (like an alcoholic who can't admit he has a drinking problem).
By the end of the book, though, you end up begrudgingly liking him. I did, anyway. There's a lot of interesting stuff here. I would give this 4.5 stars, but I can't, so I will make the call and round down to 4. But like I said, it's a very good read.
Part of the charm of the book, the story and the man derives from our inherent hope that people can grow by surviving adversity, even self-made, or perhaps, especially self-made. Walton gives readers an engaging look at the California art scene and ebay, while allowing us to watch him decide what he will do next.
If he writes another book, I'll definitely read it.
If the book is lacking anything, it's that I wish it had been longer. Highly recommend.
In the beginning, he describes himself as nothing more than a shallow, run-of-the-mill law school graduate who -- after only a year on the job -- was already desperate to escape his boring daily grind as just another faceless attorney at a large Sacramento law firm. I've known many young, newly-minted professionals (accountants, doctors, lawyers) in the same predicament: After investing years in their educations and taking on crushing student loans, they finally graduate and are suddenly faced with the reality of the inhuman hours, incredible stress, and limited options inherent in working for a large, traditional institution (as the author discovers, such big law firms are always the same, whether located in Sacramento or Paris). At that point, many start to desperately seek a way -- any way -- out of the madness. I know a couple of former corporate attorneys who are now much happier working at other jobs (rafting guide, truck driver) that have nothing whatsoever to do with the law...
Unfortunately for the young Mr. Walton, he didn't choose at that point to simply abandon the practice of law and run away to become an honest cowboy, fireman, plumber, Starbucks barrista, etc. Instead, he unhappily struggled on. Soon, his sad career plight was noticed by the slyly experienced Mr. Fetterman, who proceeded to milk Mr. Walton's desperation into a slippery plan to assist him in his lucrative eBay con games. However, since any successful con game depends on the greed and deception (especially self-deception) of BOTH the conner and the connee, Mr. Walton convinced himself to continue compromising his principles by acting as an eBay shill.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super true story! Good to know and warning for 'Buyer be Ware!"Published 4 months ago by Thora Goodnight
A good read and funny at times! Unfortunately, selling fake art is not funny.Published 10 months ago by Edith Piaf
Fake: Forgery, Lies, & eBay. Came out in 2006. Kenneth Walton describes his sketchy art dealings that led to his adding "RD" to the bottom of an ugly painting. Read morePublished 19 months ago by William B. Harrison
This is a real page-turner and hard to put down. An interesting minor sub-text is Mr. Walton's effort to become an attorney, and it does require effort and money, and his... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J.
Amazing how a person can be dishonest and deceitful and think he/she will get away with it - whether it's art forgers or bank robbers history has shown that they never get away... Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by IVOR
Keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning page after page. This is a hard one to put down. The best written biographical novel I have read in years. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Cinsha
Kenneth Walton was not in the most fulfilling of jobs, overworked and underpaid in a law firm. And then he connects with a friend from his army days, Ken Fetterman. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by classicalsteve
Couldn't stop reading it. Finished it overnight once I started. What a story. Definitely recommended reading. Two thumbs up. Get it now.Published on December 30, 2013 by Ali A. Moiz