Whoppers

History’s Most Outrageous Lies and Liars

by Christine Seifert

Whoppers

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History is full of liars. Not just little-white-telling liars, but big-honkin’, whopper-telling liars—people who can convince us that even the most improbable, outrageous, nonsensical stories are true. And the worst part is that we’ll believe it. Whoppers tells the story of history’s greatest liars and the lies they told, providing a mix of narrative profiles of super-famous liars, lies, and/or hoaxes, as well as more obscure episodes.

Famous liars include people you might have learned about in school, like P. T. Barnum, who basically made a living lying to people for money; liars you might never have heard of before, like Victor Lustig, who managed to “sell” the Eiffel Tower twice in the 1920s; and hoaxes like the Loch Ness Monster Photo Hoax. The book also includes illustrations, sidebars, and quizzes.

About the author: Christine Seifert is a native North Dakotan, a professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a Young Adult writer. She is the author of the YA novel, The Predicteds, as well as the nonfiction book, The Endless Wait: Virginity in Young Adult Literature (2015). She writes for Bitch Magazine and other publications, and has presented at academic conferences on such diverse topics as Writing, Rhetoric, Twilight, and Jersey Shore.

 

Product Details

  • Ages 12+
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (September, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-98-0

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