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  • Mass Market Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Permabooks (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000CRQILG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,911,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for *anyone*. "The Great Imposter" is in my top 5 favorite book list. This is the true story of Ferdinind Waldo Demara, jr. This guy is the orginal jack of all trades. The reader will be drawn in when they read that Demara was in the Royal Canadian Navy, and preformed many dangerous operations....btw,he had no medical tranning! Demara has spent his life being an "Imposter" to many jobs. And he excelled at whatever job he was doing. For those of you who like the show "The Pretender", the people who created the show based it on Demara, and his many "Imposters". I highly rec that you take the time and try to find this book.It may be a search, but you won't be sorry. The most interesting thing about this book it that's it's all true. Read this book, you won't be sorry. I promise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander P. Simack on March 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm surprised to find that this wonderful book is out-of-print, and has only been reviewed once here. Impostor is on my all-time top 20 or so list, along with Crichton's next book, The Secret of Santa Vittoria (check spelling). Crichton is a most vivid and dramatic writer, who apparently only wrote 3 or 4 books in his career. The two I've mentioned are his best, IMO.
The Great Impostor is such a classic because it reveals the hidden talents and treasures present in all of us. And he's such an anti-bureaucratic rebel! We need his breath of fresh air now more than ever!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Noble VINE VOICE on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Great Impostor

Robert Crichton

Book Review

By Richard E. Noble

One of the first books from the Lawrence Library that I read as a young man was the Great Impostor, written about the phenomenal life of Ferdinand Waldo Demara. It was written by Robert Crichton. I picked the book because Mr. Demara was from Lawrence, Massachusetts my hometown. He was supposedly related to a prominent local family. Rumor had it the family were not very proud of this relationship and never would acknowledge the rumor's authenticity.

The fact is that his dad worked as a motion picture operator in the famous Lawrence theater district. One of his uncles owned the theaters.

Fred was a Roman Catholic so naturally he wondered what it would be like to become a Trappist monk. Somehow he made it happen. He didn't like it. He left and joined the Army in 1941. He didn't like it. He falsified a buddy's name and then went AWOL. He then joined the Navy. He didn't like the Navy, faked a suicide and emerged as a religious psychologist. He was caught by the Navy and the Army and went to prison for 18 months.
Once out he went back to professional "impostoring." He is said to have had a photographic memory and to have been a genius with an exceptional IQ.

During his career he impostored as ... a civil engineer, a sheriff's deputy, an assistant prison warden, a doctor of applied psychology, a hospital orderly, a lawyer, a child care expert, a Benedictine monk, a Trappist monk, an editor, a cancer researcher and a school teacher. He actually performed surgical operation aboard HMCS Cayuga, a Canadian naval destroyer during the Korean War.
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To write this book, author Crichton traveled the country visiting the scenes of his subject's life with that subject, Ferdinand Waldo Demara, Jr., who lived the life of The Great Imposter, which was turned into a movie of the same name starring Tony Curtis. Demara led a fascinating life that is chronicled within the pages of this book. Although he never made it through high school, by using his ingenuity and charm he created many false identities, and was able to establish himself as a respected and beloved a civil engineer, a sheriff's deputy, an assistant prison warden, a doctor of applied psychology, a hospital orderly, a lawyer, a child-care expert, a Benedictine monk, a Trappist monk, an editor, a cancer researcher, a teacher, and most amazingly of all, a surgeon on a ship of the Royal Canadian Navy. He carried out his assignments with self-taught precision and flair following rules he created and are enumerated in this book. For each adventure, he spent some time keeping a step or two ahead of detection, but he continually faltered and was eventually caught. At the end of the book, he attmpts to simply explain "Whyhe did it." I won't tell you. You'll have to read the book. But, the book comes out too soon. As Demara says at the end, he is concerned about the publication of the book and how it will affect his future exploits, or would the book blow his cover for all time? He lived for 23 years after the publication of this book. I miss not knowing what happened during this time. How did he come to give the last rites for actor Steve McQueen? Why didn't he recognize his own symptoms of diabetes which led to both legs being amputed. And how did he survive during his final months in this condition?Read more ›
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