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The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln
Hungarian-Jewish thief, Anglican priest, social reformer, member of Parliament, crooked speculator, international spy, right-wing revolutionary - Lincoln was all of these, and more, in the course of his life. His motivation, identities and activities are discussed in this book.
Paperback, 390 pages
Published January 2nd 1990 by Penguin Books
(first published April 1988)
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Some time back in the early-mid '80s I attended an academic conference, where I met Dr. Wasserstein. One evening a number of us, including him, went to dinner,and much of the conversation was about our current research projects. And I recsalled Dr. Wasserstein describing how convoluted research the life of Trebitsch Lincoln was. Trebitsch Lincoln was a con man of international proportions, a snake oil salesman, a self-confessed "spy," turn-coat, and opportunist. Hardly an "appetizing" individual ...more
A fine and insightful biography of Lincoln Trebitsch, one of the more colourful and far-travelled of the 20th century's great impostors. Adventurer, con man, outlaw, convert, dabbler at politics and finance, friend of All The Wrong People--- Trebitsch's story veers between high comedy and the deeply unsettling. Lincoln Trebitsch lived out his impostures and re-inventions--- he took up new lives rather than jus trying to end up on celebrity talk shows. A life worth reading about.
Bernard Wasserstein is Allianz Visiting Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich. He previously held positions at the University of Chicago, the University of Glasgow, Brandeis University, Oxford University, and the University of Sheffield. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.More about Bernard Wasserstein...