The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of A Serial Impostor

eBook - 2011
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A probing and cinematic exploration of an audacious impostor, Christian Gerhartsreiter, and his "talented Mr. Ripley" story as Clark Rockefeller.
The unbelievable thirty-year run of a shape-shifting con man. Clark Rockefeller's story is a strange twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man--because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. Born in a small village in Germany, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter was obsessed with getting to America. At seventeen, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents. Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder across the country--culminating in a twelve-year marriage to a Harvard MBA who believed she'd wed a Rockefeller. The imposter 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 chilling connection to the bizarre mid-1980s disappearance of a California couple.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022748
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill.

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Jul 15, 2012

I get that this is a true story however it read more like a great mystery novel. What a life this guy led, bizarre is the best adjective I can come up with. This is a beyond doubt an entertaining read, and a refreshing change from the blood & gore prevalent in most True Crime stories.

jacobsikora Aug 04, 2011

This is the best book I've read this year. It starts off with the kidnapping event and then proceeds to tell the life stories of the con man. Mark Seal does a tremendous job digging up all sorts of information about the past lives of Clark Rockefeller while still pacing the story to drive back to the kidnapping. Further, through his extensive interviews Seal pieces together a real personality for Rockefeller that was enchanting, recreating the experience that many people apparently had with him. I recommend this book to anyone looking for solid longform journalism or anyone looking for a fast paced non-fiction thriller.


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