|Pages/Publication Date:||368 / 2018|
In 1917, Chief White Elk began raising money for struggling Cherokee reservations; unfortunately the chief was actually Edgar Laplante, a grifter, vaudeville performer, and professional charmer. Threatened with discovery, Laplante went to Europe, and on the Riviera he spied his biggest mark: a rich Hungarian countess, who was instantly smitten with the con man. The countess bankrolled a lavish trip through Italy that made Laplante into a worldwide celebrity and a darling of the Mussolini regime. But as Paul Willetts reveals in this true story, when Laplante was at the pinnacle of his improbable success, he went one step too far.
"A fabulous tale of one of the all-time great con artists, pulled off with great verve and style."—Alex Kershaw