The extraordinarily captivating memoir of the remarkable jewel thief who robbed the rich and the famous while maintaining an outwardly conventional lifean astonishing and completely true story, the like of which has never before been told or lived.Bill Mason is arguably the greatest jewel thief who ever lived During a thirty year career he charmed his way into the inner circles of high society and stole than 35 million worth of fabulous jewels from such celebrities as Robert Goulet, Armand Hammer, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Truman Capote, Margaux Hemingway and Johnny Weissmullerhe even hit the Mafia Along the way he seduced a high profile Midwest socialite into leaving her prominent industrialist husband, nearly died after being shot during a robbery, tricked both Christies and Sothebys into fencing stolen goods for him and was a fugitive for five years and the object of a nationwide manhunt Yet despite the best efforts of law enforcement authorities from several states as well as the federal government, he spent less than three years total in prison.Shadowy, elusive and intensely private, Mason has been the subject of many magazine and newspaper features, but no journalist has ever come close to knowing the facts Now, in his own words and with no holds barred, he reveals everything, and the real story is far incredible than any of the reporters, detectives or FBI agents who pursued Mason ever imagined Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief, expertly co written by bestselling author Lee Gruenfeld, is a unique true crime confessional.From the Hardcover edition....
|Title||:||Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief|
|Publisher||:||Villard Reprint edition April 12, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||585 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief Reviews
First hundred or so pages five stars the rest of the book 3 stars so that makes it
Personally I absolutely LOVED this book. I couldn't stop reading this personal account of being a jewel thief to the rich and famous during the "great golden age" of Hollywood. Despite the authors obvious embrace of his felonious activities, there is a tone of contrition that leaves you feeling like you are able to listening to a man who is proud of his exploits- however knows they were wrong.
If you are fan of the books or the movies from Goodfellas and Catch Me If You Can, then you will definitely enjoy this book. Truth is always way more fascinating than fiction. The risks that Bil Mason took will astound you and the people he met, stole from and almost stole from will fascinate you even more. Pay close attention to the first word in the title. This is not a book about bragging, but rather an atonement for what he had done to his victims, their families and more importantly what he did to his family. You will also read great tidbits on home security and the judicial system. He tells a great story, but I enjoyed it more knowing that he was remorseful about what he had done and what he has and or is doing to atone for his bad choices. This will feel like a fast read in part because the author writes as if he is talking to you and too the point rather than at you in superfluous manner. It's been on the better books I've read this years. Enjoy to all those you decide if this subject is up your alley (hint: read the prologue before deciding to do further).
I didn't know what to expect when I saw this book on BookBub, but it has an intriguing title and especially because it is a true story. I didn't expect it to be as well written as it was. I realized when I finished it and saw that there were two authors, Bill Mason himself and Lee Gruenfeld. Bill Mason is certainly a person with lots of interesting stories to tell and, in the end, really a good person. It was an exciting read.
Couldn't put this book down!! So well written. The detail made this book. I felt that I was right there with Bill and believe me, he had a lot more nerve doing what he did than I had reading about it. An incredible journey into the mind of an addicted master thief.
Excellent beginning and fascinating details, but then becomes too detailed and story is long and drawn out
First let me say that this book was worth the time to read. Bill Mason is certainly an interesting guy. I think he set out trying to live a double life, but ultimately he become nothing more than a common criminal. Bill never intended to be a common criminal, but that is where he ended up. I don't think he ever accepted the reality of the fact that he became nothing more than a common criminal. He provided many excuses and justifications for his ongoing crimes. I think he continues to see himself as some sort of a non-criminal whose acts were harmless. I might agree that in some strange way he started out that way, but he did not end that way. My only real criticism of the book is that I did not always find myself believing what he was saying. As an attorney I found some of the alleged legal concepts questionable, at best. Bill is either the luckiest man in the world, or he took license to embellish what actually happened. In spite of all of that, I would recommend this book. It is very entertaining and gives you insight (at least for a while) of someone who was successfully leading a double life.