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The Napoleon Of Crime The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief (Paperback)

Author:  Ben MacIntyre
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307886468
ISBN-13: 9780307886460
Sku: 218171335
Publish Date: 4/5/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  362
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The Victorian era''s most infamous thief, Adam Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal. And steal he did. Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society. He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole.
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He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson.
He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city.
He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. . . .

--Sherlock Holmes on Professor Moriarty in "The Final Problem"

The Victorian era's most infamous thief, Adam Worth was the original Napoleon of crime.  Suave, cunning Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal.  And steal he did.

Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society.  He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole.  His most celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a painting Worth adored and often slept with for twenty years.

With a brilliant gang that included "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, train robber, and playboy, and "the Scratch" Becker, master forger, Worth secretly ran operations from New York to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton man finally brought him down.

In a decadent age, Worth was an icon.  His biography is a grand, dazzling tour into the gaslit underworld of the last century.  .  .  and into the doomed genius of a criminal mastermind.
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A colorful criminal who inspired one of Arthur Conan Doyles's most flamboyant villains, Adam Worth reached the apotheosis of bank-robbing. The American born German-Jew was a gentleman thief--he never resorted to violence in his many escapades. With high style, Macintyre paints a portrait of one of history's most dashing figures.

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Spectator
"Macintyre...deserves credit for rescuing this entertaining tale from the Pinkerton files." - Andro Linklater 07/05/1997

Atlantic Monthly
"An engaging narrative." September 1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0362
Product attributePublisher:   Broadway Books
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