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The Giant and How He Humbugged America

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780439691840
Author(s): Jim Murphy
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Dimensions: 211 x 254 x 15 (w x l x h)
Pages: 112
Pages: 10-13

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Two-time Newbery Honor Book author has written an amazing account of one of America's most famous hoaxes
When a 10-foot tall purported "petrified man" is unearthed from a backyard in upstate New York in 1869, the discovery immediately turns into a spectacle of epic proportions. News of the giant spreads like wildfire, and well over a thousand people come to view him in the first five days alone
Everyone has their own idea of his true origin: Is he an ancient member of the local Onandaga Indian tribe? Is he a biblical giant like Goliath? Soon the interests of world-renowned scientists and people from around the globe are piqued as arguments flare over who he is, where he came from, and if he is real—or just a hoax.
In a riveting account of how the Cardiff Giant mystery snowballed into one of America's biggest money-making spectacles—and scams—Jim Murphy masterfully explores the power of 19th-century media and the unexpected ripple effect that a single corrupt mastermind can produce when given a stage.

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