The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal Fraud - Brian GarfieldWashington: Potomac Books, Inc., 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name & date to the first blank.
Includes: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Tall, handsome, charming Col. Richard Meinertzhagen was an acclaimed British war hero, a secret agent, and a dean of international ornithology. His exploits inspired three biographies, his life has been the basis for movies, and Jerusalem dedicated a city square to his memory. Meinertzhagen was trusted by Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, T. E. Lawrence, Elspeth Huxley, and a great many others.
But he bamboozled them all. Meinertzhagen was a fraud. Many of the adventures recorded in his celebrated diaries were imaginary, including a meeting with Hitler while he had a loaded pistol in his pocket, an attempt to rescue the Russian royal family in 1918, and a shoot-out with Arabs in Haifa when he was seventy years old. While he truly was a key player in Middle Eastern events after World War I and represented Zionism’s interests in negotiations with Germany in the 1930s he also set up Nazi front organizations in England, committed a half-century of major and costly scientific fraud, and may have murdered his wife to boot.
A compelling read about a flamboyant rogue, The Meinertzhagen Mystery shows how recorded history sometimes reflects not what actually happened, but what we are told happened.”