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The Giant and How He Humbugged America

Murphy, Jim

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Giant and How He Humbugged America
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0439691842
9780439691840
Characteristics: 112 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm.

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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.

Aug 16, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Aug 16, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I recently visited with my sister in Beverly Hills and as we walked through the streets of Hollywood passing everything from a Guinness Book of World Records museum to a Ripley's Believe It Or Not I came to the not wholly unexpected conclusion that there is very little difference between the American appetite for the spectacular today versus the American appetite for the spectacular a hundred or more years ago. Jim Murphy knows this. The Giant may now be just another roadside attraction, but Murphy's book is the kind of text that we can only hope will stand the test of time.

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Aug 16, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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