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Fakers: An Insider's Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams

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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.

In this era of daily online hoaxes, it's easy to be caught off-guard. Fakers arms kids with information, introducing them to the funniest, weirdest, and most influential
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Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Charlesbridge
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Kristin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whether your interest is in short cons, heart-string pulling scams, mind-bending spoons, carnival games, science, medicine or war, FAKERS makes sure to touch on it all. Additionally, it does so with a modern sensibility. For example, P. T. Barnum is called out for using an enslaved woman as a side-show and pocketing money meant to help free her grandchildren. And "fake news" is pointed out as a convenient phrase when news is less than flattering. The trends on social media and bots are also conn ...more
Heidi
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Deception has long been a problem in human society. Wherever people gather together, there is bound to be someone wanting to take advantage of someone else. Thus, books like this one are very valuable. This book takes a look at some of the deceptions that have been and still are being practiced in human society. Covering specific events and individuals as well as general types of deception, Wood gives the reader a basic education in the types of deception that can be found in the world. The book ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Fakers : An Insider's Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams by H.P. Wood, 163 pages. NON FICTION Charlesbridge 2018 $19.00

Content: G.

BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

From conjurers, mystics and magicians, to schemers, imposters and internet scammers, this is something that's better to read about than experience. Wood delves in at the very beginning (yes, cave men) and recounts famous - and infamous - hoaxes and scams. The Trojan Horse, the Spanish Prisoner, the shell game
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Freya Hooper
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Target: Grades 6 and up

What this book is about:

The mantra of this book is that if it sounds too good to be true … it probably is. The author traces the origin of common cons and you would be surprised how many cons of the past keep getting revamped to influence us today. The book is filled with stories that expose how hoaxes and scams are perpetrated from snake oil salesmen and imposters to mass media hoaxes and the long/short con. The more these methods are exposed, the less likely readers are
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Janis
With a tongue-in-cheek style, this book is a great look at scams (including magic) throughout history--including how they happen online. Plenty of history and good information. This was a Junior Library Guild selection, and I can see why they chose it. Appropriate for teens through seniors.

I rarely give a 5, but this book earns it.
Nancy
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very detailed and interesting. Up to date on the scams.
Kerrie
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read, and I enjoyed it! I learned so much about fakers throughout the years, and it's quite fascinating. Such a good read!
Becky
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Lisa
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Students will enjoy this, it will make them feel smart and hopefully less gullible. For my full review, visit http://kissthebook.blogspot.com . CHECK IT OUT!
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H. P. Wood is the granddaughter of a mad inventor and a sideshow magician. Instead of making things disappear, she makes books of all shapes and sizes. She has written or edited works on an array of topics, including the history of the Internet, the future of human rights, and the total awesomeness of playing with sticks. She lives in Connecticut with a charming and patient husband and a daughter ...more