The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief

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Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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5.26 X 8.01 X 0.89 inches | 0.68 pounds

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About the Author

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of the wartime espionage trilogy.


"Adam Worth, the greatest thief of the nineteenth century, could have furnished the basis of a great novel. No need though: in The Napoleon of Crime, Ben Macintyre has given him a biography that reads like one." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Entertaining . . . This true-crime drama is as interesting for the personalities it captures as for the capers it dissects."--Newsday

"A carefully researched and smoothly narrated tale."--The Washington Post

"Compelling."--USA Today

"Giving new meaning to the term 'art appreciation, ' Ben Macintyre's biography of Adam Worth could not be more imaginative, riveting, adventurous, or poignant if it were a work of fiction. Macintyre masterfully shows up the hypocrisy of Victorian society."--Time Out New York

"Engaging."--Atlantic Monthly

"Meticulously researched . . . this finely crafted, often entertaining account ultimately captures its subject."--The Sun [UK]

"Delightful, gripping, touching, exotic, people with highly colorful characters and written with humor and brilliant polish."--James Lord, author of Some Remarkable Men

"I wish, from this day forward, that everything I learn about history could be channeled through Ben Macintyre's brilliant sensibility and elegant voice. The Napoleon of Crime is a joy and a revelation to read."--Robert Olen Butler

"A fascinating tale faultlessly told . . . thoroughly enjoyable."--Eric Zencey, author of Panama

"A good deal more thrilling than most thrillers."--Daily Telegraph [UK]

"A most remarkable and entertaining biography. It is a highly charged thriller, a moving love affair, a dramatic history of the Victorian criminal underworld, a noble tragedy."--Independent on Sunday [UK]