The Curious Case of William Baekeland by Harry Mitsidis

Task: to translate, illustrate and publish an adventure story that actually happened.

There are several hundred people in the world who spend years of their lives and entire fortunes traveling the world, reaching remote islands and atolls, visiting restricted areas and closed cities. It is a community of purposeful travelers, collectors of countries. In 2015, a new star appeared in their group: an extraordinarily young 22 year old William Baekeland, heir to the great fortune of a prominent family.

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At his age, William was already reaching the end of his list of countries to visit and was organizing group trips to hard-to-reach places. He gained a lot of friends and fans and actively participated in the life of the community. It took its members more than two years to realize that William was a con artist with a completely fictitious personality who easily deceived other members of the club out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Harry Mitsidis, one of the leaders of the world rating of travelers and the creator of Nomadmania, the community’s key website. Harry started the investigation and wrote this fascinating and instructive book about world travelers and the swindler who conned dozens of smart people.

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  • French flap paperback
  • 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 144×216 mm (5,7″×8,5″)
  • Press run: 3000
  • ISBN 978-5-98062-120-9
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