From the Trojan horse to fake news, scams have run rampant throughout history and across the globe. Some con artists do it for fun, others for profit, and every once in a while, a faker saves the world. Introducing readers 9 to 12 to the funniest, weirdest, and most influential cons and scams in human history, this illustrated guide delves into the "Alien Autopsy" film, the 2009 news story about "Balloon Boy," the case of the spurious Piltdown Man, and the woman whom P.T. Barnum suggested was the 161-year-old nurse of George Washington. By explaining the tactics and the showmanship behind the cons, H.P. Wood also offers tips on how to avoid getting duped.
Author: H.P. Wood. David Clark, illus.