September 23, 2012

The Giant and How He Humbugged America

cover image of The Giant and How He Humbugged America
Jim Murphy

In 1869 William Newell and his friends dug a well on his farm in New York state. After several hours of work they unearthed a 10-foot tall stone man. The experts couldn’t agree – was it a giant from the Onondaga Indian tribe, a fossilized human, or an ancient relic? The “Cardiff Giant” was a national sensation as visitors paid to view the discovery. Author Jim Murphy captures the mood of the country and visitors’ willingness to believe in the hoax. Well-documented research, newspaper illustrations, and photos enhance this lively tale of greed and deception. Ages 9-11