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The Resource King Con : the bizarre adventures of the Jazz Age's greatest impostor, Paul Willetts

King Con : the bizarre adventures of the Jazz Age's greatest impostor, Paul Willetts

Label
King Con : the bizarre adventures of the Jazz Age's greatest impostor
Title
King Con
Title remainder
the bizarre adventures of the Jazz Age's greatest impostor
Statement of responsibility
Paul Willetts
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The spellbinding tale of hustler Edgar Laplante--the king of Jazz Age con artists--who becomes the victim of his own dangerous game. Edgar Laplante was a smalltime grifter, an erstwhile vaudeville performer, and an unabashed charmer. But after years of playing thankless gigs and traveling with medicine shows, he decided to undertake the most demanding and bravura performance of his life. In the fall of 1917, Laplante reinvented himself as Chief White Elk: war hero, sports star, civil rights campaigner, Cherokee nation leader--and total fraud. Under the pretenses of raising money for struggling Native American reservations, Laplante dressed in buckskins and a feathered headdress and traveled throughout the American West, narrowly escaping exposure and arrest each time he left town. When the heat became too much, he embarked upon a lucrative continent-hopping tour that attracted even more enormous crowds, his cons growing in proportion to the adulation of his audience. As he moved through Europe, he spied his biggest mark on the Riviera: a prodigiously rich Hungarian countess, who was instantly smitten with the con man. The countess bankrolled a lavish trip through Italy that made Laplante a darling of the Mussolini regime and a worldwide celebrity, soaring to unimaginable heights on the wings of his lies. But then, at the pinnacle of his improbable success, Laplante's overreaching threatened to destroy him...In King Con, Paul Willetts brings this previously untold story to life in all its surprising absurdity, showing us how our tremendous capacity for belief and our longstanding obsession with celebrity can make fools of us all--and proving that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction."--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Willetts, Paul
Dewey number
  • 364.16/3092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6692
LC item number
.W55 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Laplante, Edgar
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Nineteen twenties
Target audience
adult
Label
King Con : the bizarre adventures of the Jazz Age's greatest impostor, Paul Willetts
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-336) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The fake's progress -- Continental grift
Control code
on1011626596
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
349 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451495815
Lccn
2018014380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028417287
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1011626596
Label
King Con : the bizarre adventures of the Jazz Age's greatest impostor, Paul Willetts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-336) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The fake's progress -- Continental grift
Control code
on1011626596
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
349 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451495815
Lccn
2018014380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028417287
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1011626596

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