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Frauds, Forgeries, and Fake News Collection

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Frauds, Forgeries, and Fake News Collection is a fascinating and eye-opening collection of essays that explores the different manifestations of deceit in today's society. From fraudulent artwork to misleading journalism, the contributors of this book cover a wide range of topics and provide valuable insights into the world of fakery.

One of the standout essays in the collection discusses the rise of fake news and its impact on public perception and trust. The author provides a thorough analysis of the ways in which fake news has infiltrated mainstream media and social media platforms, leading to widespread confusion and misinformation. Another compelling essay delves into the world of counterfeit goods, shedding light on the economic consequences of purchasing fake products.

Overall, Frauds, Forgeries, and Fake News Collection is a thought-provoking read that will leave readers questioning the authenticity of the information they encounter on a daily basis. The diverse perspectives presented in the book make it a valuable resource for anyone interested in the topic of deception and its implications for society.

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This collection showcases fabricated documents and stories throughout history, and the diversity of purposes and contexts they were deployed in.

The "Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery of Montreal" is a fabricated anti-Catholic eye-witness account, published in 1836 and purporting to reveal the horrors of life in a convent.

The Donation of Constantine is a forged imperial decree, supposedly enacting a perpetual transfer of authority over the western part of the Roman Empire from the emperor to the Pope.

George Psalmanazar, who passed himself off as a native of Formosa , wrote a fanciful book about the island, which made a splash in 18th-century London.

The Great Moon Hoax was a series of fantastical descriptions of the moon, published in the 1830s by the New York newspaper The Sun, and falsely attributed to the famous astronomer Sir John Herschel.

Bram Stoker tells the legend of Sebastian of Portugal, the "Hidden King", and the story of Franz Mesmer, the purveyor of "animal magnetism" from whose name the word "mesmerize" is derived.

"An Architectural Monograph on a New England Village" is a painstakingly documented and illustrated description of a village that never existed.

James Macpherson presented the Poems of Ossian as a traditional epic cycle translated from Scottish Gaelic, but modern scholars believe that he largely wrote the poems himself.

E. G. Redmond tells of a hoax involving postage stamps, the first of which was conceived by a stamp collector in Germany.

"Sketch of the Mosquito Shore" was a glowing but false account of the Central American coast, in which one could buy land from the author.

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