A hoax is a falsehood deliberately fabricated to masquerade as the truth. It is distinguishable from errors in observation or judgment, rumors, urban legends, pseudosciences, and April Fools' Day events that are passed along in good faith by believers or as jokes. ...more

The Museum of Hoaxes
The Fairy Ring
Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade
A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes, and Frauds
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
The Giant and How He Humbugged America
Michelle Remembers
Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor
The Songs of Bilitis
Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan
Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
Collected poems
The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York
Love to Last a Lifetime by Susan MeachenOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyOne Soldier's War in Chechnya by Arkady BabchenkoJihad! by Tom CarewThe Confessions of Aleister Crowley by Aleister Crowley
Authors Who Faked Their Own Death
6 books — 7 voters
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott LynchThe Dirty Version by Medina FarisThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Con Men, Gamblers and Hustlers
308 books — 148 voters

Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits and Deception in Early Modern Sc... by Marco BerettaMountebanks and Medicasters by Piero GambacciniTalking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell'Iron Mask' by Steve HollandTwenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World. ... by Clifton R. Wooldridge
•Uptown Suckers
128 books — 3 voters
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice SparksA Million Little Pieces by James FreyJay's Journal by Beatrice SparksSurviving With Wolves by Misha DefonsecaPapillon by Henri Charrière
Fake Autobiographies
37 books — 23 voters

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things by J.T. LeRoySarah by J.T. LeRoyHarold's End by J.T. LeRoyHoax by Ian TattersallThe Mormon Murders by Steven Naifeh
Hoaxes And Publicity Stunts
28 books — 5 voters
Bad Blood by John CarreyrouThe Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLeanThe Spider Network by David EnrichThe Castle on Sunset by Shawn LevyThe Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama by Matt Margolis
Scams, Scandals and Frauds
137 books — 16 voters

What is the number one cause of death in the United States? It's not high cholesterol or accidents by cars, planes or trains. It's not wars. It's not drug addiction, and it's not even disease, so that lets out heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes and more. In Third World countries, infections and malnutrition are major causes of loss of life. But in the United States the number one cause of death is not any of these things. IT IS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (Null, TW). ...more
Dr. Sherry Rogers

Bruce Gilley
How could Hochschild go so wrong? He was highly motivated from the start to “find” a genocide because, as he notes, his project began by reading the American humorist Mark Twain’s claim that eight to ten million people had died in the EIC. But no scholar has ever made such a charge. His source was a chapter by the Belgian ethnographer Jan Vansina, citing his own work on population declines in the entirety of central Africa throughout the 19th century that included only what became the northern a ...more
Bruce Gilley, King Hochschild’s Hoax: An absurdly deceptive book on Congolese rubber production is better described as historical fiction.

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