The Napoleon of Crime Book Reviews

AUTHOR
Ben Macintyre
SCORE
4
TOTAL RATINGS
188

The Napoleon of Crime by Ben Macintyre Book Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of Prisoners in the Castle, a dramatic portrait of the master thief of the nineteenth century: Adam Worth

“Fascinating . . . a brisk, lively, colorful biography of an amazing criminal.”—The New York Times (Best Books of the Year)
 
The Victorian era’s most infamous and iconic thief, the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes’s Professor Moriarty, Adam Worth was known as the Napoleon of crime. Suave, cunning, and fearless, Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal. And steal he did. 
 
Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society.  He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole.  His most celebrated heist: Gainsborough’s grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire—ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales—a painting Worth adored and often slept with for twenty years.
 
With a brilliant gang that included “Piano” Charley, a jewel thief, train robber, and playboy, and “the Scratch” Becker, master forger, Worth secretly ran operations from New York to London, Paris, and South Africa—until betrayal and a Pinkerton man finally brought him down.
 
The Napoleon of Crime is a grand, dazzling tour into the gaslit underworld of the nineteenth century, and into the doomed genius of a criminal mastermind.

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Book Name The Napoleon of Crime
Genre Biographies & Memoirs
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Language English
E-Book Size 11.08 MB

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Entertaining. Adam Worth is a memorable character, albeit a thief and con man. For fans of history and true crime this book is a good option. Plenty of mischief to keep you entertained throughout...EAF

A Little a Slow. Although good, I didn't like this book as well as either of the previous books I had read that were written by Macintyre. Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat were both more engaging. Macintyre does do an excellent job in picking subjects for his books, often highlighting stories that are very obscure but deserve attention.

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The The Napoleon of Crime book written by Ben Macintyre was published on 05 April 2011, Tuesday in the Biographies & Memoirs category. A total of 188 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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