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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much The True Story of a Thief a Detective and a World of Literary Obsession Author:Allison Hoover Bartlett In telling the true story of book thief John Charles Gilkey and the man who was driven to capture him, Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett explores the larger history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages.
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True story of a man (John Gilkey) who acquired rare books through variety of illegal techniques. The criminal is clever, polite but amoral - his character being revealed by the author in a series of interviews. The story also describes the important role of one book dealer (Ken Sanders) who took upon himself the task of tracking down Gilkey. As an extra bonus in reading this account, one gains considerable insight into the world of rare books and the people who collect them.
Well, this was a pretty good read, I had hoped for abit more information and details but that just wasn't the case. The story was a good one but just seem to lack that wow factor that you look for. Great information on the ease of stealing rare books and the lack of prosecution for the crime. After 5 years, books yours and you can't be tried. Just amazing that no one in the ABAA hasn't taken matters into their own hands.