11 months ago
June 17, 2011
The Man In The Rockefeller Suit
By: Mark Seal
336 Pages (My Review Copy)
At 17 years old, a teenager comes to United States. From one coast to another he changes names, backgrounds- he changes lives. He fools everyone he knows into believing him without question the vast majority of the time. At one point he becomes a "person of interest" in the disappearance of a California couple. However, the world knows him from his largest con- claiming to be a Rockefeller. See how this man pulled off the con of a lifetime, how it fell part.
I was given the privilege of reviewing this book through the publisher and I am very honored. I had read the excerpt of this book when it ran in Vanity Fair magazine and was enthralled. How was someone able to fool so many people for so long?! How did he start?
Mark Seal did an amazing job at telling you this man's incredulous story. He only dealt with the facts and not with theories of anything. He doesn't go off on tangents that have nothing to do with the story. He does not get you lost in an overly descriptive world so that you have no clue what happened. I thought he did a brilliant job of relating the story.
Through this book you will see how a child who loved to play role playing games- and who was very good at it- turned that obsession into a lifestyle. You will see how he was able to get a woman he hardly knew to marry him in order to get his green card. Through this book you will learn of his involvement with the citizens of San Marino, California and how he became a local celebrity. You also will discover how he got linked with the disapperance of the John and Linda Sohus. You will read how he has able to con his way into USC Film school.
I was baffled how this man was able to accomplish all he did without getting caught. He claimed to people that he worked on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, had brief stints on Wall Street. And, finally, let a famous name do all the work for him. I couldn't believe how easily and effortlessly he had people believing he really was a member of the Rockefller family. All he had to do was use this name and he was able to have doors opened for him.
If you are curious how a man was able to lie his way through his life, and be successful at it, I recommend this book. The story was entrancing. This man's story will baffle you, shock you.
Rating: Buy It
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