The Forger's Spell

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Product Details

Price
$16.98
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
Pages
384
Dimensions
5.32 X 8.04 X 0.97 inches | 0.69 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780060825423

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About the Author

Edward Dolnick is the author of The Writing of the Gods, The Clockwork Universe, The Forger's Spell, Down the Great Unknown, and the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at The Boston Globe, he has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. There are over 130,000 copies of his books in print. He lives with his wife near Washington, DC.

Reviews

Mesmerizing account. . . . Dolnick brings his expertise in art theft, criminal psychology and military history to a scintillating portrait. . . . Polished, fast-paced narrative. . . . Compelling prose. . . . Energetic and authoritative.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Dolnick brilliantly re-creates the circumstances that made possible one of the most audacious frauds of the 20th century. And in doing so Dolnick plumbs the nature of fraud itself . . . an incomparable page turner."--Boston Globe
"An engaging and highly amusing account of a clever craftsman. . . . On all those levels this is a delightful foray into art history and psychology"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This is the first book on art forgery that really gets to the bottom of the Han van Meegeren tale of chicanery and double dealing. A spirited and provocative read."--Thomas Hoving
"Dolnick...tells his story engagingly and with a light touch. He has a novelist's talent for characterization, and he raises fascinating questions."--New York Times Book Review
"Edward Dolnick's Forger's Spell gives us a well-researched and highly readable account of the underworld of forgers, corrupt dealers, and collectors in Nazi occupied Europe. . . . Wonderful theater, full of fascinating stories, this is a great cautionary tale for all in the art world."--Lynn Nicholas
"Gripping historical narrative. . . . Dolnick, a veteran science writer, knows his way around a canvas. . . . The Forger's Spell has raised provocative questions about the nature of art and the psychology of deception."--Washington Post Book World
"Riveting new art thriller. . . . Likely to captivate not just readers moved by war, art, and the art of deception, but anyone interested in human vanity and our sometimes baffling ability to see only what we want to see."--Christian Science Monitor
"Dolnick weaves a lot of fascinating information into a highly readable narrative. . . . The Forger's Spell is a terrific story."--Newsday
"When it comes to forgery and its ability to fascinate . . . Edward Dolnick has hit the mother lode. . . . Dolnick more than does it justice, drawing on his knowledge of a wide range of subjects."--Los Angeles Times
"Pacing and prose as gripping as those of the best mystery novelist. . . . The Forger's Spell is simply spellbinding."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"This account by Dolnick...is especially strong in plot development and characterization. It also has a unique point of view"--Library Journal
"The Forger's Spell is an excellent read, a swift and astute narrative written from many complex perspectives to great effect."--Chicago Sun-Times
Who can resist the story of a great scam--especially when the mark is art-greedy Hermann Goering and the author is an Edgar winner?--Publishers Weekly (Staff Picks)
Vividly portrays a staggeringly successful Dutch art forger. . . . Dolnick covers it all. . . . Dolnick's zesty, incisive, and entertaining inquiry illuminates the hidden dimensions and explicates the far-reaching implications of this fascinating and provocative collision of art and ambition, deception and war.--Booklist
"A fascinating analysis of the forger's technique and a perceptive discussion of van Meegeren's genius at manipulating people. . . . Compelling look at how a forger worked his magic."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)