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The Art of the Con Audiobook

The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World

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Publisher's Summary

Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate.

Anthony M. Amore's The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the listener into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.

©2015 Anthony M. Amore (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
    06/04/17
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    "Really Interesting!"

    I picked up and looked at this book a few times in the stores but I just wasn't sure if it would hold my interest. So, when it was offered up for review purposes (this was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review, btw) I snatched it up!
    It was actually super intriguing and held my interest really well. I'm interested in art, but am certainly no expert, and I still found every thing easy to understand. It was kinda like a true crime book with less intense crimes - art forgery/fraud style!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    26/05/17
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    "Very. interesting"

    Wow, great book! I learned a lot about forgers,never knew how many ways people deceive to make money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katelyn
    06/04/17
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    "Very Good Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of the Con to be better than the print version?

    Maybe..I wonder if the print version has pictures of the paintings it talks about... Even still, I think that if I were reading the print version, I wouldn't have finished it as quickly and probably wouldn't have read it as often. Listening probably made it more appealing.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Honestly, it was overall just more interesting than I thought it would be. I wasn't sure exactly what the book would talk about, but it got very specific about some cool stories around art forgeries.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but I like him in this. He has a good voice for nonfiction. He sounds smart..his voice reminds me of an actor but I can't put my finger on who exactly.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this for free in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Heath
    26/04/17
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    "Provenance is better."
    What would have made The Art of the Con better?

    Although the stories were interesting, the author did not succeed in placing us in the action. In that sense it was rather dry.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His narrator's voice was merely adequate. His mispronunciation of French words was frustrating. Most notably "Cezanne" which was mispronounced countless times! And he pronounced "gouache" as "gauche"; and "femme" as "faon." These things are important as a narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    Another book on the same subject, Provenance (by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo) is far more engaging and narrated better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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