- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Viking Adult (2. Juni 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0670022748
- ISBN-13: 978-0670022748
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,2 x 24,8 cm
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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. Juni 2011
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"Fascinating. ["The Man in the Rockefeller Suit"] is a brisk narrative that has all the pace and drive of a suspense novel."
-"The New York Times"
-"O, the Oprah Magazine"
"A tailor-made riveting read.... Forget fiction. Pop this jaw-dropper in your beach bag."
"[An] impeccably reported and fascinating book."
-"Los Angeles Times"
"This spectacular story is all in the entertaining details."
-"Newsweek/The Daily Beast" (One of 10 Must Read Summer Books)
-"People Magazine" (4 stars)
"A tasty souffl? of deceit. THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT is a terrific read, well-reported and well-structured."
-"Portland Oregonian "
"[A]n intense and compellingly told tale of a self-made man, in every sense of that term."
-"The Washington Times"
"In striking detail, and at a rapid clip, the writer unravels theT
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
A journalist for thirty-five years, Mark Seal is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Death in Africa, about the murdered wildlife filmmaker and naturalist Joan Root. Seal was a 2010 National Magazine Award finalist for his Vanity Fair profile on Clark Rockefeller. He lives in Aspen, Colorado.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Mark Seals prose lacks that certain something that Truman Capote had, but whose prose matches Capote? What Seal does in this book is hit what are to me the 3 Cs of true crime writing. He is Clear, Concise and Chronological. Clear is self-explanatory: he writes well and simply. He is concise in that he knows what NOT to tell. No whole page descriptions of unimportant props or places, no unnecessary background info on minor characters. No wasted information. Chronological in that he leads you through the story in an easy to follow trajectory, keeping you aprised of details as need be to keep you from getting lost in this complex maze of a story. No small trick in a tale of a 30 year con career involving multiple identity changes. But he does it and does it well.
The man called Christian Karl Gerhartsreider fascinates and repels. We are interested in him because we think how could these upper-crust people be fooled? How could they think he was one of them? We forget how such a con works, how tightly controlled the picture is that the fooled person sees. For if allowed to see the whole picture, if the curtain is pulled from the wizard's control booth, the con is over. The target has had a moment of clarity. So a con artist like Gerhartsreider can never slip, he can never stop working for a moment.
It takes genius to pull something like that off. And genius Gerhartsreider certainly has. Evil genius. And this may be the scariest part of it all.
How he survived without ever earning any money, especially in his early twenties when he was changing identities fairly often - trying them on for size, really, is astonishing. Mark Seal interviewed dozens of people while researching this book and seems as mystified as the reader as to how easily Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter adapted himself to surroundings.
"Rockefeller" changed names as easily as he invented a back story. Once, moving from California to Greenwhich, Ct., without so much as filling out an application, he became a member of Indian Harbor Yacht Club. With no previous experience, he passed a test with 250 multiple choice questions, and was then hired at a six figure income to head a bond trading department at the New York office of a Japanese company. He had an American Express Card in the name of CCC Mountbatten - a name that seemed to open doors.
Eventually re-naming himself Clark Rockefeller, he married a brilliant woman, Sandra Boss, who earned hundreds of thousands of dollars a year at the beginning of their marriage and several million by the end. This woman, even after being married for many years, had never suspected that her husband was a complete fraud. Mr. Seal interviewed one law enforcement officer who had tried for years to track down a man named "Christopher Chichester" in connection with the disappearance of a couple in California. As the man told Seal, "Lying is not a crime."
Sandra not only provided the money but put up with various kinds of verbal and sometimes physical abuse. Finally, when their daughter, Reigh, was in pre-school, Sandra had enough and filed for divorce, gaining full custody of the child and moving to London.
That is when Clark began plotting to kidnap his daughter and, when he implemented that plan, the larger world began to learn about the strange, almost unbelievable story of how a German student with no education fooled almost everyone with whom he interacted for nearly 30 years.
Even if you know the outcome, you will still be shaking your head. Read it!