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The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century: by Edward Dolnick

Next time you admire an art masterpiece, particularly a very well known one, this book will make you think twice before accepting it as genuine.

Dolnick's detailed portrayal of the art and science of faking masterpieces can be quite disturbing if you've never even thought to question the authenticity of that Vermeer or Renoir or Picasso. He calmly sets out the tricks of the trade, from planning to production to marketing and selling the whole con job to supposed experts in the field.

Dolnick also uses the book to rant about Goering, the sucker in the story, and that can get tiresome every now and then.

Interestingly, the book also reads like the perfect how-to for financial con men through the ages. After all, just like Goering and Morgan spent fortunes on fake art, there's never been any dearth of supposedly knowledgeable people / institutions paying princely ransoms for fake assets!

In fact, the more 'expert' the target of the con, the more he/ she gets taken!
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