Tricky Vic

Tricky Vic

The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

Book - 2015
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In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a.k.a. "Count Victor Lustig," moved to Paris hoping to be an artist. A "con" artist, that is. He used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, from the Czech Republic, to Atlantic ocean liners, and across America. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to "sell" the Eiffel Tower to one of the city's most successful scrap metal dealers! Six weeks later, he tried to sell the Eiffel Tower all over again. Vic was never caught. For that particular scam, anyway.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780670016525
Branch Call Number: J 921 LU
Characteristics: 39 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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May 01, 2017

AR Reading Level-7.0
In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, also known as Count Victor Lustig, moved to Paris to become an artist, a con artist to be exact. He used ingenious scams all across the world, gambling and swindling rich men, and even conning Al Capone. He pulled off his most daring con when he “sold” the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer. When he didn’t get caught, he tried it all over again. Although he never got caught for that crime, he was later arrested for counterfeiting money. This book has great, funny pictures and captivating content for the most mischievous readers, and parents and teachers will love the informative sidebars.


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