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19th September 2017
Title: The Man Who Stole Portugal
Author: Murray, Teigh Bloom
Price: £30.00
Publisher: Secker and Warburg
Date Published: 1966
Specifications: HC., 318pp., 5.5" x 8.5", 525g.
Condition: Very good, no dust jacket.
Copies in stock: 2
Category: Finance More books in this category
Book type: Investment History
Hindsight ID: 2437
The Man Who Stole Portugal

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Notes: Account of a masterful forgery that convulsed Portugal in the 1920s. Bluff, luck and a knowledge of detail and documentation enabled Reis to entangle a major and well-reputed british printing company. Hard to imagine these shenanigans would work in the world of today, and an insight into the casual manner in which influence could be obtained, bought or assumed in this bygone age. It seems this scandal will have also contributed to the emergence of the Salazar dictatorship that lasted until 1968. In a novel defence, it was argued that the introduction of the forged notes into Portugal stimulated the economy in the manner which the Central Bank itself should have been pursuing.

Keys: Arthur Virgilio Alves Reis, Forger, Fraud, Portugal, Currency, Angola, Sir William Waterlow, Karel Marang, Printing, Notes


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