This is the story of the man who swindled the Nazi head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering, as well as fooled nearly the entire recognized European art world and became a multimillionaire in a matter of a few years by creating paintings that bore no resemblance to paintings by Johannes Vermeer, yet were passed off as just that. Confused? You bet.Being a novice to the subject of art forgery, I thought those who attempted forgery tried to make exact replicas of recognized art treasures not something totally unrecognizable but hey, what do I know? Very little, apparently. But the author explained it all in very easy to understand terms while at the same time, telling a very compelling story of what goes on in the mind of a forger/con man, an art connoisseur and the ill-informed general public. Three quarters of the book dealt with the hoarding of art treasures throughout Europe during WWII by Hitler, Goering and other Nazis, the aftermath of WWII and the recovery of the stolen goods and the trial of the world’s most intriguing forger. This was all unputdownable and read like a spy thriller. The other quarter was about the technical aspects of how the forgeries were done and the psychological intricacies that allowed the art connoisseurs to be fooled into thinking these very strange looking paintings had been completed by Vermeer. This was not quite as compelling but was necessary to complete the tale.Who was this man, Han Van Meegeren, forger extraordinaire? It turns out he was just a mediocre artist but a shrewd con artist who was nothing short of brilliant. He knew he had to do something different to pull this off. And he would have to lead them by nose to make the conclusion that he wanted them to make.”His care in choosing and then preparing a genuine seventeenth-century canvas, his success in crafting paints that would emerge from the oven lush and bright, his knack for inducing authentic-looking cracks in a painting’s surface, all served to disarm and distract his would-be investigators. When it came to the technical side of forgery, …Van Meegeren displayed something close to genius.” (Page 206)Where’s the Like button? Very highly recommended.