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Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

ISBN13: 9780307339898
ISBN: 0307339890
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $14.95
Publisher: Broadway
Published Date:
Edition 1 Reprint
Pages: 336
Average Goodreads rating: 3.82/5 (125 ratings)

“An extraordinary saga of the most dangerous quack of all time...entrancing” –USA Today

In 1917, John R. Brinkley–America’s most brazen con man–introduced an outlandish surgical method for restoring fading male virility.

It was all nonsense, but thousands of eager customers quickly made “Dr.” Brinkley one of America’s richest men–and a national celebrity. The great quack buster Morris Fishbein vowed to put the country’s “most daring and dangerous” charlatan out of business, yet each effort seemed only to spur Brinkley to new heights of ingenuity, and the worlds of advertising, broadcasting, and politics soon proved to be equally fertile grounds for his potent brand of flimflam.

Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America ripe for the bamboozling.