the man in the rockefeller suit
the astonishing rise and spectacular fall of a serial impostor

availabe April 25th

--O, the Oprah Magazine

"Fascinating. [The Man in the Rockefeller Suit] is a brisk narrative that has all the pace and drive of a suspense novel." --The New York Times

"A tailor-made riveting read… Forget fiction. Pop this jaw-dropper in your beach bag."--USA Today

"[An] impeccably reported and fascinating book."--Los Angeles Times

"This spectacular story is all in the entertaining details."
--Newsweek/ The Daily Beast
(One of 10 Must Read Summer Books)

"[A]n intense and compellingly told tale of a self-made man, in every sense of that term."--The Washington Times

--People Magazine (4 stars)

"Irresistibly lucid and propulsive… Impossible to put down —Patricia Highsmith couldn�'t have written a more compelling thriller." --Kirkus (starred review)

"[A] fascinating account [Seal] brilliantly reconstructs and dissects Gerhartsreiter�'s strange life." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"It is impossible to read the book without getting caught up in his story on an almost hypnotic level."--Booklist (starred review)

"Should please anyone who enjoys a good comeuppance The talented Mr. Rockefeller could have come right out of a Hitchcock film."--Library Journal

The Author

A journalist for thirty-five years, Mark Seal is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Death in Africa, about the murdered wildlife filmmaker and naturalist Joan Root. Seal was a 2010 National Magazine Award finalist for his Vanity Fair profile of Clark Rockefeller.

He lives in Aspen, Colorado.

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--The Barnes and Noble Review

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Huffington Post: The 20 Most Anticipated Books Of Summer 2011
--Huffington Post

"[A] fascinating account... Seal brilliantly reconstructs and dissects Gerhartsreiter's strange life, weaving in interviews with those who knew--or thought they knew--one of the men he pretended to be along the way."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Impossible to put down-Patricia Highsmith couldn't have written a more compelling thriller... Seal delineates [Rockefeller's] endless schemes in an irresistibly lucid and propulsive manner."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Book review: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit
-- By Denise Hamilton -Los Angeles Times

Rockefeller Suit: A tailor-made riveting read
--By Deirdre Donahue -USA Today (Starred Review)

Three Critics Pick The Best Books For Summer
--By Lynn Neary -NPR (npr.org)

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the man in the rockefeller suit

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 a 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 impostor 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 impostor-and a man determined to live the American dream by any means necessary.


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