CHARLATAN: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Art of FlimFlam.
Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )
New York: Crown, (2008.). First edition - An account of one of the most 'creative criminals in American history.' 'John Brinkley was a multi-millionaire, surgeon, broadcasting pioneer (he put his powerful station in Mexico, on the other side of the Rio Grande and is responsible for introducing country and western music to the nation), politician (candidate for governor of Kansas) and friend to the rich and famous. He was also a con-man who cheated millions with his 'cure' for impotence. In 1917 he introduced a bizarre surgical method - inserting goat testes - to restore the virility to farmers and it attracted thousands of paying customers. The quackbuster Morris Fishbein, editor of the AMA journal, however, vowed to put Brinkley out of business and a cat-and-mouse game ensued. Yet for many years Brinkley continued to prosper and kill and maim patients by the score! Bibliography, notes, . 310 pp.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.