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The untold stories of some of history's most notorious art cons - and the secret history of fakes, frauds, and forgeries in the art world.

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ANTHONY M. AMORE is an expert in security matters and head of security and chief investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He is the co-author of Stealing Rembrandts, which was a Wall Street Journal True Crime Best Seller. Before joining the Gardner Museum in 2005, Amore worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and was a Special Agent with the Federal Aviation Administration. He lives in Boston, MA.

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A riveting, fast-moving account of shameless fraudsters who wreak havoc on the art world. A must read!--Brian T. Kelly, former Assistant United States Attorney ""The Art of the Con" is must reading for any true-crime fan. Brazen museum thefts get all the headlines, but Anthony M. Amore makes it clear that the real money in art crime is to be made from forgeries, fakes, online auctions, laser printers and other 21st-century technologies. And Amore's diverse, colorful crew of art-gallery grifters and scammers have been reaping the kind of ill-gotten gains that old-school criminals could only dream of. Highly recommended!"--Howie Carr, New York Times bestselling author of THE BROTHERS BULGER and HITMAN What is most fascinating about" The Art of the Con" is that you haven't heard these stories before. The tales of these unknown scams are woven into a narrative that reads like a thriller. The attention to detail takes the reader inside the investigations and allows them to play armchair detective. Read this book!--Jon Leiberman, radio and television host and author of WHITEY ON TRIAL: SECRETS, CORRUPTION, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH "It takes a lot to pull off an art world con. But it might take even more to tell the unvarnished story behind those swindles, and there's no doubt that Anthony Amore has done it in this definitive page-turner. "The Art of the Con "is wonderfully investigated-and highly paced-and provides a jaw-hitting-the-floor examination of art world fraud."--Ulrich Boser, author of THE GARDNER HEIST: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST UNSOLVED ART THEFT Not only is "The Art of the Con" a wild ride through a rogue's gallery of colorful art forgers, entertainingly written by a master of prose. It is that. But it's also an object lesson in how art is made, what makes art valuable, and how some of the smartest minds in the business could be suckered by deals that ultimately proved just too good to be true.--Michael Blanding, author of THE MAP THIEF: THE GRIPPING STORY OF AN ESTEEMED RARE-MAP DEALER WHO MADE MILLIONS STEALING PRICELESS MAPS "The Art of the Con" is must reading for any true-crime fan. Brazen museum thefts get all the headlines, but Anthony M. Amore makes it clear that the real money in art crime is to be made from forgeries, fakes, online auctions, laser printers and other 21st-century technologies. And Amore's diverse, colorful crew of art-gallery grifters and scammers have been reaping the kind of ill-gotten gains that old-school criminals could only dream of. Highly recommended!--Howie Carr, New York Times bestselling author of THE BROTHERS BULGER and HITMAN It takes a lot to pull off an art world con. But it might take even more to tell the unvarnished story behind those swindles, and there's no doubt that Anthony Amore has done it in this definitive page-turner. "The Art of the Con "is wonderfully investigated-and highly paced-and provides a jaw-hitting-the-floor examination of art world fraud.--Ulrich Boser, author of THE GARDNER HEIST: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST UNSOLVED ART THEFT "An engrossing read about brazen, artful scams." --Kirkus Reviews "Amore is privy to more information on the subject of forgeries than the average art collector or dealer, and he shares a number of those stories in this engrossing account... a bracing and highly informative assessment of a very real problem, sure to resonate with art fans and curators alike." --Publisher's Weekly "A riveting, fast-moving account of shameless fraudsters who wreak havoc on the art world. A must read!" --Brian T. Kelly, former Assistant United States Attorney "The Art of the Con is must reading for any true-crime fan. Brazen museum thefts get all the headlines, but Anthony M. Amore makes it clear that the real money in art crime is to be made from forgeries, fakes, online auctions, laser printers and other 21st-century technologies. And Amore's diverse, colorful crew of art-gallery grifters and scammers have been reaping the kind of ill-gotten gains that old-school criminals could only dream of. Highly recommended!" --Howie Carr, New York Times bestselling author of THE BROTHERS BULGER and HITMAN "What is most fascinating about The Art of the Con is that you haven't heard these stories before. The tales of these unknown scams are woven into a narrative that reads like a thriller. The attention to detail takes the reader inside the investigations and allows them to play armchair detective. Read this book!" --Jon Leiberman, radio and television host and author of WHITEY ON TRIAL: SECRETS, CORRUPTION, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH "It takes a lot to pull off an art world con. But it might take even more to tell the unvarnished story behind those swindles, and there's no doubt that Anthony Amore has done it in this definitive page-turner. The Art of the Con is wonderfully investigated-and highly paced-and provides a jaw-hitting-the-floor examination of art world fraud." --Ulrich Boser, author of THE GARDNER HEIST: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST UNSOLVED ART THEFT "Not only is The Art of the Con a wild ride through a rogue's gallery of colorful art forgers, entertainingly written by a master of prose. It is that. But it's also an object lesson in how art is made, what makes art valuable, and how some of the smartest minds in the business could be suckered by deals that ultimately proved just too good to be true." --Michael Blanding, author of THE MAP THIEF: THE GRIPPING STORY OF AN ESTEEMED RARE-MAP DEALER WHO MADE MILLIONS STEALING PRICELESS MAPS "A fascinating account of some of the biggest scams that have taken place in the art world over the last century" --ArtNet News An engrossing read about brazen, artful scams. Kirkus Reviews Amore is privy to more information on the subject of forgeries than the average art collector or dealer, and he shares a number of those stories in this engrossing account... a bracing and highly informative assessment of a very real problem, sure to resonate with art fans and curators alike. Publisher's Weekly A riveting, fast-moving account of shameless fraudsters who wreak havoc on the art world. A must read! Brian T. Kelly, former Assistant United States Attorney The Art of the Con is must reading for any true-crime fan. Brazen museum thefts get all the headlines, but Anthony M. Amore makes it clear that the real money in art crime is to be made from forgeries, fakes, online auctions, laser printers and other 21st-century technologies. And Amore's diverse, colorful crew of art-gallery grifters and scammers have been reaping the kind of ill-gotten gains that old-school criminals could only dream of. Highly recommended! Howie Carr, New York Times bestselling author of THE BROTHERS BULGER and HITMAN What is most fascinating about The Art of the Con is that you haven't heard these stories before. The tales of these unknown scams are woven into a narrative that reads like a thriller. The attention to detail takes the reader inside the investigations and allows them to play armchair detective. Read this book! Jon Leiberman, radio and television host and author of WHITEY ON TRIAL: SECRETS, CORRUPTION, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH It takes a lot to pull off an art world con. But it might take even more to tell the unvarnished story behind those swindles, and there's no doubt that Anthony Amore has done it in this definitive page-turner. The Art of the Con is wonderfully investigated-and highly paced-and provides a jaw-hitting-the-floor examination of art world fraud. Ulrich Boser, author of THE GARDNER HEIST: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST UNSOLVED ART THEFT Not only is The Art of the Con a wild ride through a rogue's gallery of colorful art forgers, entertainingly written by a master of prose. It is that. But it's also an object lesson in how art is made, what makes art valuable, and how some of the smartest minds in the business could be suckered by deals that ultimately proved just too good to be true. Michael Blanding, author of THE MAP THIEF: THE GRIPPING STORY OF AN ESTEEMED RARE-MAP DEALER WHO MADE MILLIONS STEALING PRICELESS MAPS A fascinating account of some of the biggest scams that have taken place in the art world over the last century ArtNet News " An engrossing read about brazen, artful scams. "Kirkus Reviews" Amore is privy to more information on the subject of forgeries than the average art collector or dealer, and he shares a number of those stories in this engrossing account... a bracing and highly informative assessment of a very real problem, sure to resonate with art fans and curators alike. "Publisher's Weekly" A riveting, fast-moving account of shameless fraudsters who wreak havoc on the art world. A must read! Brian T. Kelly, former Assistant United States Attorney "The Art of the Con" is must reading for any true-crime fan. Brazen museum thefts get all the headlines, but Anthony M. Amore makes it clear that the real money in art crime is to be made from forgeries, fakes, online auctions, laser printers and other 21st-century technologies. And Amore's diverse, colorful crew of art-gallery grifters and scammers have been reaping the kind of ill-gotten gains that old-school criminals could only dream of. Highly recommended! Howie Carr, New York Times bestselling author of THE BROTHERS BULGER and HITMAN What is most fascinating about" The Art of the Con" is that you haven't heard these stories before. The tales of these unknown scams are woven into a narrative that reads like a thriller. The attention to detail takes the reader inside the investigations and allows them to play armchair detective. Read this book! Jon Leiberman, radio and television host and author of WHITEY ON TRIAL: SECRETS, CORRUPTION, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH It takes a lot to pull off an art world con. But it might take even more to tell the unvarnished story behind those swindles, and there's no doubt that Anthony Amore has done it in this definitive page-turner. "The Art of the Con "is wonderfully investigated-and highly paced-and provides a jaw-hitting-the-floor examination of art world fraud. Ulrich Boser, author of THE GARDNER HEIST: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST UNSOLVED ART THEFT Not only is "The Art of the Con" a wild ride through a rogue's gallery of colorful art forgers, entertainingly written by a master of prose. It is that. But it's also an object lesson in how art is made, what makes art valuable, and how some of the smartest minds in the business could be suckered by deals that ultimately proved just too good to be true. Michael Blanding, author of THE MAP THIEF: THE GRIPPING STORY OF AN ESTEEMED RARE-MAP DEALER WHO MADE MILLIONS STEALING PRICELESS MAPS A fascinating account of some of the biggest scams that have taken place in the art world over the last century "ArtNet News"" "An engrossing read about brazen, artful scams." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Amore is privy to more information on the subject of forgeries than the average art collector or dealer, and he shares a number of those stories in this engrossing account... a bracing and highly informative assessment of a very real problem, sure to resonate with art fans and curators alike." --"Publisher's Weekly" "A riveting, fast-moving account of shameless fraudsters who wreak havoc on the art world. A must read!" --Brian T. Kelly, former Assistant United States Attorney ""The Art of the Con" is must reading for any true-crime fan. Brazen museum thefts get all the headlines, but Anthony M. Amore makes it clear that the real money in art crime is to be made from forgeries, fakes, online auctions, laser printers and other 21st-century technologies. And Amore's diverse, colorful crew of art-gallery grifters and scammers have been reaping the kind of ill-gotten gains that old-school criminals could only dream of. Highly recommended!" --Howie Carr, New York Times bestselling author of THE BROTHERS BULGER and HITMAN "What is most fascinating about" The Art of the Con" is that you haven't heard these stories before. The tales of these unknown scams are woven into a narrative that reads like a thriller. The attention to detail takes the reader inside the investigations and allows them to play armchair detective. Read this book!" --Jon Leiberman, radio and television host and author of WHITEY ON TRIAL: SECRETS, CORRUPTION, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH "It takes a lot to pull off an art world con. But it might take even more to tell the unvarnished story behind those swindles, and there's no doubt that Anthony Amore has done it in this definitive page-turner. "The Art of the Con "is wonderfully investigated-and highly paced-and provides a jaw-hitting-the-floor examination of art world fraud." --Ulrich Boser, author of THE GARDNER HEIST: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST UNSOLVED ART THEFT "Not only is "The Art of the Con" a wild ride through a rogue's gallery of colorful art forgers, entertainingly written by a master of prose. It is that. But it's also an object lesson in how art is made, what makes art valuable, and how some of the smartest minds in the business could be suckered by deals that ultimately proved just too good to be true." --Michael Blanding, author of THE MAP THIEF: THE GRIPPING STORY OF AN ESTEEMED RARE-MAP DEALER WHO MADE MILLIONS STEALING PRICELESS MAPS "A fascinating account of some of the biggest scams that have taken place in the art world over the last century" --"ArtNet News"

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