The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of A Serial Imposter

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A real-life Talented Mr. Ripley , the unbelievable thirty-year run of a shape-shifting con man.

The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man-because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as 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 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 connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.

The story of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is a probing and cinematic exploration of an audacious imposer-and a man determined to live the American dream by any means necessary.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2011
ISBN: 9780670022748
Branch Call Number: 364.163 SEA 2011 22
Characteristics: viii, 323 p. : ill

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Quite a book, I'm not a fan of true crime books but this one was interesting and not gruesome like some murder books can be.

debwalker Jul 27, 2011

"Reinvention is the immigrant's ultimate desire, and what German immigrant Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter did over more than three decades in America was reinvention on steroids. He became Clark Rockefeller of Boston for 12 years, able to fool the American elite, until the breakup of his marriage and the kidnapping of his own daughter revealed the deception. What makes me sad is that reinvention--of the benign variety--is nearly impossible today, with enhanced technologies for surveillance, and the pervasive reach of intrusive bureaucracy. While Rockefeller/Gerhartsreiter took it to unfortunate extremes, the possibility of constant reinvention is an essential part of the American story."
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