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The Man In The Rockefeller Suit


The Man In The Rockefeller Suit

The Man In The Rockefeller Suit, Mark Seal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I kept having to remind myself that this is a non-fiction book when I was engrossed by its pages, an absolutely astonishing story of deception.  Mark Seal catalogues the life of Christian K. Gerhartsreiter from the time he landed on America’s shores until his ultimate demise at the hands of a multi-state crime taskforce.  From the upper echelons of Los Angeles society to some of the most prestigious blue-blood clubs of the east coast, Gerhartsreiter spent his life mixing with the societal elite using a number of assumed identities.  A story of deceit, murder, fraud; it’s amazing that it’s all fact and not fiction!

Amazon: 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.

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