The Giant and How He Humbugged America
A description of the Cardiff Giant mystery in which a man in upstate New York buried a ten-foot-tall., petrified model of a man, which was discovered by well diggers a year later, and set into motion a money-making spectacle.
The discovery -- Word spreads -- The scientists' opinions -- Open for business -- Changes -- Embarrassing accusations -- The ugly truth -- A giant move -- Enter Barnum -- Giant problems all around -- A giant farewell -- A final resting place -- Other famous hoaxes
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Has all the elements that Murphy can be relied upon to deliver -- incredible research, lots of photos, bibliographies, etc. However, readers who are interested in this theme may be looking for a flashier, more dramatic tale.
Nobody saw it coming. One minute some workmen were digging a rudimentary pit for a well and the next they'd unearthed a foot. And not just any foot, mind you. A giant foot. Next thing you know scientific experts were labeling the discovery of a giant stone man to be the petrified remains of a real giant and folks were flocking from miles around to catch a glimpse. Soon investors were getting involved and accusations of a gigantic hoax were leveled at those involved. The truth? They were right. Dreamed up by the mildly brilliant schemer George Hull, Murphy tracks the rise and inevitable fall of a giant that typified an America moving into the 20the century, trying to find its way.
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