The author of Forgotten Fatherland presents an unprecedented, often hilarious life of Adam Worth, the most famous safe cracker, bank robber, and art thief of the Victorian Age and the model for Professor Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
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Arthur Conan Doyle fictionalized him as the superhuman Professor Moriarty, and the popular press luridly chronicled his daring heists, though the police never managed to convict him of anything major until he was nearly 50. Forgotten since his 19th-century heyday, master thief Adam Worth (1844-1902) gets a contemporary dusting-off in this cheerfully cynical biography by a British journalist, who sees Worth's story as a case study in Victorian hypocrisy. The colorful New York and London underworlds are as meticulously described as Worth's surprisingly attractive personality.From the Publisher:
"Fascinating...a brisk, lively, colorful biography of an amazing criminal."
--The New York Times
"Adam Worth, the greatest thief of the 19th century, could have furnished the basis of a great novel...Ben Macintyre has given him a biography that reads like one."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Buchbeschreibung New York, Farrar Straus and Giroux., 1997. First US Edition. Octavo. XI, 336 pages. Original Hardcover in protective Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Now out of print. Benedict Richard Pierce Macintyre (born 25 December 1963) is a British author, historian, reviewer and columnist writing for The Times newspaper. His columns range from current affairs to historical controversies. He was educated at Abingdon School. MacIntyre is the author of a book on the gentleman criminal Adam Worth, The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief. He also wrote The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan, and a book on the real-life double agent of Germany and Britain during the Second World War, Eddie Chapman, titled Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy. Four of his books have recently been made into documentaries for the BBC: Operation Mincemeat (2010), DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story (2011), "Double Cross - The True Story of the D Day Spies" (2012) and "Kim Philby - His Most Intimate Betrayal". According to the rear cover of the advance excerpt for Napoleon of Crime, the film rights were optioned by Steven Spielberg. An erratum sticker inside corrects this to DreamWorks SKG. (Wikipedia). Artikel-Nr. 43854AB