Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: the astonishing rise and spectacular fall of a serial impostor by Mark Seal

book jacketThis is non fiction that reads like a novel.  The story of a young german man that had a yearning to get out of  his rural German village and achieve the American dream.   He arrives in America on a bogus student visa and immediately starts trying on new identities.  After an instant marriage to get a green card--- he completely abandons his german heritage.  He tries out several identities until he hits on the one that guarantees his rise in society.  He is Clark Rockefeller--- the name, his attire and lock jaw manner of speaking give him access to exclusive clubs, upscale social circles and prestigious jobs.  His only credential being the name Rockefeller—If he had not kidnapped his only child after a bitter divorce he would probably be still included in the same social circles instead of languishing in prison awaiting trial on murder charges... So many people were willingly deceived by him and put up with his eccentricities simply because they thought he was a Rockefeller.

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