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Chicago writer's new book is about scams, a Michigan island and the con man who would be king

CHICAGO - Great writers deserve great subjects and Miles Harvey, who has proven himself a great writer in two previous books, has found another subject worthy of his skills. His name was James Jesse Strang, a mid-19th century figure so famous in his time that his death made front-page headlines across the world before quickly fading into history.

Never heard of him? I am sure you haven't. But I am also sure you will never forget him after reading Harvey's deeply researched, artfully written and splendidly compelling new book, "The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an

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