The Man from Lisbon

A daring fraud makes one man a titan, and brings a nation to its kneesThe son of a failing undertaker, Alves Reis was young when he realizedlearned early on that death comes quickly and a man must make his fortune while he can In 1916, Reis he leftaves Portugal for Angola, where the hardships of colonial life dashed his dream of easy riches But it is then, at his mostInA daring fraud makes one man a titan, and brings a nation to its kneesThe son of a failing undertaker, Alves Reis was young when he realizedlearned early on that death comes quickly and a man must make his fortune while he can In 1916, Reis he leftaves Portugal for Angola, where the hardships of colonial life dashed his dream of easy riches But it is then, at his mostIn desperate straits, that Alves discovers his true talent forgery.With an unerring hand, Alves begins to counterfeit He falsifies diplomas, government documents, currency, and countless checks on his way to perpetrating one of the greatest frauds of the tTwentieth Ccentury Inspired by the true story of a master swindler, Gifford brings to life a breathtaking international scam Before Bernie Madoff, before Frank Abagnale, there was Alves Reis a master forger with talent, vision, and an uncompromising drive to succeed, no matter what man, bank, or nation stood in his way.
The Man from Lisbon A daring fraud makes one man a titan and brings a nation to its kneesThe son of a failing undertaker Alves Reis was young when he realizedlearned early on that death comes quickly and a man must mak

  • Title: The Man from Lisbon
  • Author: Thomas Gifford
  • ISBN: 9780070231870
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Unknown Binding
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    1. A historical novel about Artur Alves dos Reis, a real-life con man who so flooded Portugal with counterfeit escudo notes in the 1920's that he almost crashed that nation's economy. But Reis was too smart to be a counterfeit-plates-in-the-basement type of guy; he masterfully forged documents to get a British banknote firm to print them, convincing the firm that the government of Portugal wanted the notes to secretly kick-start the economy in Portugal's colony, Angola. Reis goes from rags to riche [...]

    2. Entertaining book, Amazing story! Didn't really like Thomas Gifford's authorial voice and writing style. There's too much description (do we really need to know about every meal and piece of clothing?) and some of the characters are quite flat and uninteresting (does somebody care for Maria? Isn't Greta just a femme fatale?). However, Alves Reis' incredible life makes up for all that. Nothing was impossible for him. He reached for the sky. Good read, indeed.

    3. What a great story, I really enjoyed this. An incredible journey in history with a fabulous charactert in Salazar's Portugal

    4. Absolutely loved this book twenty years ago and suspect I would still love it today. I will read it again if given the opportunity

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