Boese, Alex. The Museum of Hoaxes: A Collection of Prinks, Stunts, Deceptions and Other

 

Boese, Alex. The Museum of Hoaxes: A Collection of Prinks, Stunts, Deceptions and Other
Wonderful Stories Contrived for the Public from the Middle Ages to the New Millennium. New
York: Dutton, 2002.

This small book is a collection of famous and not so famous hoaxes. It has, as do all these books,
a flaw: one cannot read the brief stories endlessly. One tires quickly no matter how good the
hoaxes may be. You just can't stay awake reading about good hoaxes. One has to stop and think
about, savor, the good stunt, the successful trick. Presented in book form this way, it is best used,
perhaps, as a reference work.

I found that Boese reported on only on several of the frauds (hoaxes) of science: the so-called
discoveries in Japan of Shinichi Fujimura are presented pp. 216-217. There's a report on the
Piltdown Man (pp. 98-100) and the Sokol Hoax, (pp. 200-201) then The Tasaday, (pp. 155-156).
There, is, too, a telling of the case of "Jimmy" as told by Janet Cooke of the Washington Post
(pp. 167-169). On the other hand, there are many hoaxes reported on here which have nothing at
all to do with science.

Highly recommended for a brief review of some famous hoaxes.