The Ultimate Book of Impostors
The Ultimate Book of Impostors tells the stories of more than a hundred of the boldest
and most brazen impostors of the past 500 years. Their stories range from the curious
lives of small-
You’ll find out who the exotic dancer Mata Hari and the mysterious Cazique of Poyais really were and why they hid behind false identities.
You’ll meet some of the most bizarre, sinister and fascinating people who ever lived… with someone else’s identity.
They tried to steal fortunes and kingdoms. They impersonated pilots, doctors, native Americans and movie directors. One sold the Eiffel Tower, twice, and another held an airliner for ransom!
"Children’s book author and illustrator Graham (Ripley’s Mighty Machines; Fighting
Crime) writes stories of impostors from the past 500 years—not your typical swindlers
but rather those who assumed a false identity for the purpose of fraud. The author
provides a summary of each character, indicating how the individual was able to pull
off the deception before being exposed. Readers will recognize some of the famous
deceivers, such as “Anastasia”; Ferdinand Waldo Demara, who masqueraded as many different
people; and Frank Abagnale, now an FBI consultant. They’ll also learn about lesser-