Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Freebie: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal

Congratulations to Peter Landau, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: News From the World: Stories and Essays by Paula Fox.

This week's book giveaway is The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal, just published by Viking.  Subtitled "The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter," The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is the true account of self-made man Clark Rockefeller who schemes his way through life.  It's a fascinating blend of Catch Me If You Can and The Talented Mr. RipleyKirkus Reviews wrote: "Seal delineates [Rockefeller's] endless schemes in an irresistibly lucid and propulsive manner."  Here's more about the book from the publisher's jacket copy:
The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as a Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began. Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she'd wed a Rockefeller. The impostor charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions-working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection-until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.
If you'd like a chance at winning a copy of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, all you have to do is answer this question:  What magazine originally published Mark Seal's article about Clark Rockefeller in 2009? (The answer can be found at Seal's website)

Email your answer to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  Please e-mail me the answer, rather than posting it in the comments section.  Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on June 16--at which time I'll draw the winning name.  I'll announce the lucky reader on June 17.

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