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“Mason tells a jaw-dropping tale of greed, fear and folly . . . a chilling and deeply satisfying moral tale. . .Mason is a meticulous researcher. . . an  excellent book.”

    -- Robert Lacey,  The Sunday Times

“...a rare beast -- a genuine antitrust

thriller, a gripping yarn of real-life collusion that is spiced up with Picassos, class warfare, art-market bitchiness and the rather unsettling conclusion that some well-heeled villains

got away with it.

                                      -- The Economist


Dominick Dunne says:

“I was mesmerized from beginning to end by Christopher Mason’s elegantly written history of the swanky case that has riveted the art and social worlds for half a dozen years. His depiction of Taubman and his beautiful and controversial wife, Judy, is fascinating. His understanding of the legalities and courtroom dramas is wickedly precise. His knowledge of the ways of high society is uncanny. His social climbing anecdotes are hilarious. The Art of the Steal is very entertaining indeed.”

             -- Dominick Dunne

“Christopher Mason is a master storyteller. The Art of the Steal is a brilliant work of criminal investigation, a gripping account of high society at its worst, and a thumping page-turner to boot. Mason is that rare combination of writer and chronicler: like Truman Capote and Louis Auchincloss, he is able to live among those he describes, giving the reader a true picture of life on Park Avenue.

-- Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire


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The Art of the Steal is the explosive inside story - the only book to tell the whole truth and dish the dirt on the price-fixing scandal that rocked the art world and put one of the richest men in America behind bars. Brilliantly written and reported, it tells the story of the larger-than-life figures who quaffed champagne while conspiring to cheat clients out of millions.

    Christopher Mason is the only reported who has persuaded all the key figures (and hundreds more) to spill the beans. He has followed the trail of this story from galleries  and boardrooms in London, Paris and New York to parties in Palm Beach to courtrooms in Lower Manhattan.

   A swirl of excitement has surrounded the book: an appearance on Good Morning America; articles in the New York Times and the New York Post; and rave reviews in The Economist; artnet.com; The Spectator;  Fortune; The Daily Telegraph; and the Sunday Times.

“. . . a genuinely entertaining page-turner . . . the quality of prose and integrity of research revealed throughout this exemplary book . . . Mason is scrupulously fair . . . effortlessly entertaining and well informed.”

                              -  Artnet.com

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