Books: A Superior Sort of Liar

THE GREAT IMPOSTOR (218 pp.)—Robert Crichton—Random House ($3.95).

GENIUS WITHOUT PORTFOLIO UNMASKED

AGAIN ! the headlines shouted one day last January, and millions of readers pounced on the latest chapter in the amazing adventures of Ferdinand Waldo ("Fred") Demara Jr., the most spectacular impostor of modern times. A sick, brilliant, 37-year-old alter-egotist who never finished high school, Demara by main nerve and native intelligence has carried off careers as military surgeon, psychology professor, cancer researcher, dean of a school of philosophy, language teacher, law student, assistant prison warden, Trappist monk and the devil knows what else (TIME, Dec. 3, 1951; Feb. 25, 1957)....

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