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The Big Book of Hoaxes: True Tales of the Greatest Lies Ever Told! (Factoid Books) Paperback – October 1, 1996


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  • Series: Factoid Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563892529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563892523
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Rettig on May 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
...And this is the birth record of the ages! All the major frauds, fables and fallcies that suckered many, in an enjoyable readable form. From the piltdown man, to the War of the Worlds panic broadcast, to the cloning of a human being. It's all here, even the story of the man who actually sold the Brooklyn Bridge(yes, there was such a man...would I lie to you?)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Takis Tz. on December 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
That's what the overall great series "Big book of.." offers. Comic art of the finest order and incredible historical value.
In this case, it's hoaxes or seeing it another way the ability of humans to be fooled in the most unlikely and bizzare ways, a process that more than often has led in a dramatic change in the course of history.
For those that are familiar with the "Big book.." series the comics offered here are nothing less than gems as some of the greatest comic makers colloborate to put this together.
But if you use these books as reference points (their bibliographies are treasures for such a use) you're bound to wind up with a very in-depth knowledge of history, one that's far-distanced from the mainstream-polished version you've been served up to now.
Some of the stories on display on this book might be somewhat known, most are not, but what's even more impressive is that some seem too outrageous to even be close to the truth. Sadly, for the record of human history all of them are 100% real.

Highlights include:
-the story of F.Kreisler who duper critics into thinking he was playing pieces of great composers but had instead composed them on his own. And this for decades! One of the great embarrasments for the world of critics and a lesson to be discovered.
-the infamous Hitler diaries, a definitive case showing that money and greed dictates the "news".
-The BBC riot panic and the very similar but far more sophisticated "War of the worlds" by O.Welles
-The Boxer rebellion in China, instigated by 4 journalists and a fake story they put up in Denver!
-Sawing Manhattan in half (!!!!
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Format: Paperback
I love this book! I found the graphics very diverse and the stories were so entertaining, I couldn't put this book down. It helped that I actually have a childhood friend that actually wrote on of the stories for this publication. Love this series!
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By Sebastian Enriquez on September 21, 2013
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Hard to find thank you for having it in stock, love these books . Unique ,different , must read hidden history
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By Stantz on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Hoaxes is right up there with Unexplained and Urban Legends as one of the best Big Books out there. The stories are well written without being overly wordy (ahem, Conspiracies!), the artwork from dozens of contemporary comic artists is imaginative and engaging, and above all, it definitely invites re-reading. Highly recommended.
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