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7 Incredible Real Life Stories Too Wild to be Fiction

Sometimes reality is crazier than fiction: these titles go behind 8 unbelievable events you just couldn't make up.
8 books | Curated by Blinkist
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Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding

Frank Abagnale’s story of swindling millions of dollars from unwitting victims while posing as a pilot, lawyer and professor is the stuff of legend. In Catch Me If You Can (1980), he tells his tale.

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In Cold Blood
Truman Capote

In Cold Blood (1966) tells the true story of a multiple murder that baffled both police and the public in 1959. These blinks recount how investigators gradually unraveled a meticulous yet simple plan devised by two criminals without scruples or remorse.

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A Very English Scandal
John Preston

A Very English Scandal (2016) tells the story of former British politician Jeremy Thorpe’s affair with Norman Scott. From a botched assassination to a biased murder trial, the story of this scandal shines a harsh light on the petty yet powerful relationships within the ...

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The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat (2013) tells the story of how a group of unassuming college boys from the University of Washington went from struggling through the Great Depression to securing a victory in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

470
An Invisible Thread
Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

An Invisible Thread (2011) recounts the story of the incredible and unlikely friendship between a successful businesswoman and a poverty-stricken young boy – a friendship that ultimately changed both of their lives forever.

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Gang Leader For A Day
Sudhir Venkatesh

Gang Leader For A Day is based on author Sudhir Venkatesh’s ten years of personal, in-depth research conducted on-site at the notorious Robert Taylor Homes public housing projects in Chicago. Ignored by city government and law enforcement, residents in the close-knit co...

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The Run of His Life
Jeffrey Toobin

The Run of His Life (1997) examines the essentials of the O. J. Simpson murder case: the personalities involved and the social forces that led to the shocking acquittal of this football superstar. These blinks don’t just chronicle the story of one man but also explore h...

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One of Us
Åsne Seierstad

One of Us (2015) tells the story of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011. Beginning with Breivik’s personal life and detailing the development of his extremist political views and his planning of the massacre, th...

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