Front Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. c-ii

Title Page

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. iii-iii

Copyright page

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. iv-iv

Dedication

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. v-vi

Epigraphs

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-viii

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-x

read more

Foreword

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. xi-xii

This book asks some of history’s grandest questions: Did Mark Hofmann discover sensational documents—from the first example of printing in America to historical Mormon writings—that helped shape American history? Was the bombing of Pearl Harbor a consequence of treason in the Oval Office? And did madman Adolf Hitler actually pen a revealing ...

read more

Introduction: "Snap, Crackle, and Pop"

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-4

Wanting to believe is the first of the two most powerful emotions involved in the success of a hoax or forgery. The second is greed. Greed is a harsh term, but in the end it is an accurate characterization of one of the motivations behind being duped by the forger or taken in by the hoax. Believing (the desire to believe what you hear or see) turns out to be the most ...

read more

1. Oath of a Freeman

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 5-42

Mark Hofmann was unquestionably the most skilled forger this country has ever seen . . . he perpetrated by far the largest monetary frauds through forgery that this country has ever had. He fooled me—he fooled On October 16, 1985, a neatly dressed man in his mid-thirties clutched the handle on the door of his blue Toyota. As he innocently opened the door a ...

read more

2. Pearl Harbor

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 43-68

Their forces are moving across the northern Pacific and I can assure you This is monstrous. I think that perhaps I can find a reason to absent my-self from Washington while this crisis develops. What I don’t know can’t December 7, 1941, remains one of the definitive days of the twentieth century. Within the short span of two hours the United States was propelled ...

read more

3. Hah Hitler!

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 69-116

When I entered the back room in the Swiss bank, and turned the pages of those volumes, my doubts gradually dissolved. I am now satisfied that The atmosphere in the bunker had grown increasingly tense every day since the celebration of the führer’s birthday on April 20. The regular afternoon conferences in the narrow hallway outside his suite reflected the ...

read more

4. The Shroud of Turin

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 117-150

Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the To believers, the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial cloth that covered the body of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion prior to his resurrection. To skeptics the shroud is a man-made object created in the fourteenth century by a medieval painter as a religious icon to attract pilgrims and their ...

read more

5. Skullduggery

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 151-180

On a December day in 2006, Dr. Jorn Hurum, associate professor of pale-ontology at the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo, walked into a fossil fair in Hamburg, Germany. The fair was among the largest events of its type held annually in Europe. Thousands of people from around Western Europe attended the fair in search of commercially ...

read more

6. The Missing Pages from John Wilkes Booth's Diary

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 181-210

I have a greater desire and almost a mind to return to Washington and in We have Booth’s diary, and he has recorded a lot in it. . . . It concerns you for we either stick together in this thing or we will all go down the river The epigraph by John Wilkes Booth that appears above can be found in Booth’s little diary or memorandum book, currently on display in the mu-...

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 211-212

This book is drawn from several authors whose works are listed at the end of each chapter. My writing is the synthesis of the research they carried out in producing their fine studies. In particular, I am indebted to John Lukacs, Robert Harris, Miles Russell, Linda Sillitoe, Allen Roberts, Robert Lindsey, Walter McCrone, and Joe Nickell. I am indebted to each of them, and heart-...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 213-226

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 227-236