by Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy always writes really interesting non-fiction books, including An American Plague, about the yellow fever epidemic, and The Real Benedict Arnold. This particular true life story is about some farmers who discovered a petrified giant on their property in upstate New York in the late 1800s. Enter in town tours, freak shows and the great P.T. Barnum -- and a questionable "scientific discussion" with lots of differing opinions from businessmen, professors and scientists.
Anyone who enjoys archaeology, hoaxes, science and a great story will like this book. It's long, but the author tries to really tell the reader about the personalities and background of the people involved. Jim Murphy paints a picture of what was going on in America at the time of this story, and there are plenty of photographs and illustrations that go along with different aspects of the tale. There are a few other archaeological hoaxes discussed in the back. There is also a bit of information throughout the story that involves the Onondaga Native Americans.