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The Museum of Hoaxes: The World's Greatest Hoaxes Paperback – 18 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (18 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752864262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752864266
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of fabulous pranks, stunts, deceptions, fakery, hornswoggle and hoaxes inflicted on the gullible public from long ago to today.

About the Author

Alex Boese is the creator and curator of the website www.museumofhoaxes.com which began in 1997 as research notes for his dissertation.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Aver on 5 Jan. 2006
This is a chronological archive of hoaxes from the last few centuries. it's a fascinating insight into the subject, and seems to cover all the interesting stuff. The rabbit babies part was nasty though.
The only hoax book you'll ever need- is linked to the museum of hoaxes website, which contains even more tales of gullibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iain S. Palin on 13 Mar. 2010
This is an interesting overview of hoaxes down the ages though the breadth of the subject and the way it is tackled means that it is necessarily a bit sketchy and uneven. Some famous and major hoaxes get a rather cursory account that doesn't always do them justice, and it has to be said that some rather uninteresting ones seem to get more than they warrant. However it is a book worth reading if you are interested in the subject but don't know much about it, and references to the author's "Museum of Hoaxes" website are helpfully provided.
Personally, while I enjoyed them both, I found Boese's subsequent book on Internet hoaxes "Hippo Eats Dwarf" more informative and satisfying.
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