In the arts of deception james w cook explores this distinctly modern mode of trickery designed to puzzle the eye and challenge the brain championed by the prince of humbug p t barnum these cultural puzzles confused the line between reality and illusion. In the arts of deception james cook explores the distinctly modern mode of trickery designed to puzzle the eye and challenge the brain upsetting the normally strict boundaries of value race class and truth the spectacles offer a revealing look at the tastes concerns and prejudices of americas very first mass audiences. Ingenious automatons which appeared to think on their own dubious mermaids and wild men who resisted classification elegant sleight of hand artists who routinely exposed the secrets of their trade these were some of the playful forms of fraud which astonished titillated and even outraged . The arts of deception playing with fraud in the age of barnum user review not available book verdict cook has written a fascinating analysis of mass entertainment in 19th century america with the all time master of marketing ploys as one of the main players. The arts of deception is an important work in the new historiography of popular culture charles l ponce de leon journal of social history the arts of deception is a gracefully written and intriguing book james cooks well told stories reveal a new and exciting way of looking at the culture of this dynamically expanding society
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