The Duke of Deception

The Duke of Deception

Memories of My Father

Book - 1990
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Duke Wolff was a flawless specimen of the American clubman -- a product of Yale and the OSS, a one-time fighter pilot turned aviation engineer. Duke Wolff was a failure who flunked out of a series of undistinguished schools, was passed up for military service, and supported himself with desperately improvised scams, exploiting employers, wives, and, finally, his own son.

In The Duke of Deception, Geoffrey Wolff unravels the enigma of this Gatsbyesque figure, a bad man who somehow was also a very good father, an inveterate liar who falsified everything but love.

Baker & Taylor
Wolff recalls the years spent, mostly on the run, with his irresponsible father--a self-taught engineer, con man, forger, and gyp artist--and his later coming to terms with his father's character and life

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990, c1979
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679727521
0679727523
Characteristics: 275 p., [20] p. of plates : ill ; 21 cm

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