History’s Most Daring Rogues and Villains (Paperback)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Gathered together within the pages of this book is a roguish array of artful tricksters, fantastic fakers, rascally fraudsters and cunning conmen. They all bend the rules and usually the law. Yet however reprehensible their misdeeds, these thoroughly rotten scoundrels often display the very essence of enterprise and adventure.
It would be wrong to condone their antics, of course, but it is difficult not to admire their artifice. After all, this sort of raffish crime has spawned scores of anti-heroes in books, movies and TV series. But the stories told here are all true – among the most barely-believable dodgy misdeeds of the past two centuries.
Powerful motives drive this book’s extraordinary characters as they rampage on the wrong side of the law. Greed is the most usual, ambition is another, lust sometimes plays a compelling part. But many are compelled by no other cause than a perverted sense of adventure. It is these various forces that link the disparate bunch of characters in this fascinating catalogue of crime.
If, as the saying goes, ‘the Devil has the best tunes’, he certainly also has some of the best stories – and here are some of the most startling case histories. Together they’re the diabolically fiendish work of History’s Most Daring Rogues and Villains.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Lexi Sonnekus
I am all for informative books if it is a topic I find interesting, otherwise I tend to stick to fiction.
This is a more general umbrella topic of more specific ones I usually read within this area so I was interested but not expecting to be totally engrossed in it.
I was proven wrong however. Ended up reading it in one sitting. The information given was extremely interesting but it was presented in such a way that it really held your attention. It was amusing reading about what some of these people did, when you didn't focus too much on them being bad guys. Highly suggest it for anyone interested in the topic for some light reading.
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History’s Most Daring Rogues and Villains by Nigel Blundell was an excellent read. This is the second book i have read from this author and I really enjoyed It's a roguish array of artful tricksters, fantastic fakers, rascally fraudsters and cunning conmen. They all bend the rules and usually the law. Yet however reprehensible their misdeeds, these thoroughly rotten scoundrels often display the very essence of enterprise and adventure. It may be only 152 pages long but full of interesting information about these Rogues and villains.NetGalley, Nessa Thompson
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Susan Johnston
Sometimes books about historical characters can be pedestrian. They are full of fact but lack a certain verve and passion for the subject matter. That is why, when I find one that is highly entertaining as well as being informative, I am delighted.
I am delighted with this book. The stories of the various con artists, for indeed, in one form or another they all were, is told with a real affection for the colourful albeit dishonest people. There is the spy during WWII whose exploits would be dismissed as too far fetched if the proof was not in the documents. They were people who did it for fame and fortune or to make a point. They were all rogues, some more pleasant than others. Of course included were the forgers who could convince “experts” that their work was original. The book points out how many of these forgeries might be in circulation even now. There were the schemers who sold famous properties to gullible marks. One fellow sold the Brooklyn Bridge several times a week!
All in all it is light and light hearted reading, a perfect antidote to the current news. Five purrs and two paws up.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso
Tricksters are always a fascinating type of characters and this book is a good introduction to a cast of these rogues.
Not all are nice and not all entertaining, it was an informative and well researched book.
Nigel Blundell introduces us as well as reintroduces us into the disturbing world of charlatans, perverts, and all-around horrid human beings. Hopefully, this book will have all of its readers reevaluate who they emulate and admire.NetGalley, CASPER HILEMAN
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Dee A.
This was a very interesting read to really get to know the different rogues which some I'm fascinated about.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Bethany Swafford
In the past two hundred years, artful tricksters, fantastic fakers, rascally fraudsters and cunning con men have bent the rules and usually the law to their own gain. While no one would condone their antics, it is difficult not to admire their artifice. True stories are gathered together for one’s enjoyment.
I’m always intrigued by true tales of men and women who followed their own path. From artists who forged pictures to make a point, to men who boldly sold national monuments to naïve visitors, each story was interesting. A few I had heard, such as DB Cooper who parachuted out of an airplane with thousands of dollars and is never heard of again and Frank Abagnale, who inspired the movie Catch Me If You Can. However, most of the tales I had never heard of before.
Each story is a reasonable length, making it easy to read. Though by no means an in-depth biography of each person, it contains enough to be informative and interesting.
Readers who enjoy true tales and have an interest in the rogues of history will enjoy this one.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Karen Kenyon
This is an entertaining read.
What a cast of characters!
There are many people and their stories that were new to me.
This is an engaging book, I highly recommend.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
An extremely interesting and enjoyable look at the life and times of some of the infamous, illustrious and downright dodgy. Plenty of questionable behaviour and practices!NetGalley, Vanessa Rivington