NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


​​"Graceful and resonant"

– New York Times


A "Best Nonfiction Book of 2008"
  – Christian Science Monitor


"A moving story...Thrilling"

 – Washington Post


"Novel-like"

 – Los Angeles Times

"A beguiling romp"

– New York Times


"Charming, uplifting tales"

– Library Journal


A "Great Read"

– People


"Engaging, moving and lively"

– Toronto Star

   

"Quirky true tales about city landmarks and chance encounters"

– New York Magazine

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Nonfiction Singles Bestseller


Kindle Single Editors' Pick 


"Kindle Select 25" Pick


Adapted for the radio show

This American Life

 

"Extensive and exhaustive research...expertly written." 

   – Oskaloosa Independent

ARIEL SABAR author   journalist

​    winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

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​​ADVANCE PRAISE FOR VERITAS 

“This astonishing book—part detective story, part exercise in reporting conducted at its highest level—reaches hold of you by the shirt collar and doesn’t let go. Here is a gallery of types that have surrounded Christianity since its earliest beginnings: the professionally cynical, the frankly mercenary, and the profoundly faithful. It is a tale that takes us from the offices of two Harvard presidents to, perhaps inevitably, that of a Florida pornographer. Exciting on every level, it poses the deepest question of faith: does it depend on the scholarly verification of ancient fragments or on what Heaney called a journey ‘into the marvelous?’ I was bowled over by it.”
    —CAITLIN FLANAGAN, author of Girl Land

“Sabar’s meticulous reporting shows how quickly the first victims of a forgery turn into con men themselves, desperately manipulating the evidence to keep plugging holes in a forger’s fragile story. A masterful portrait of desire and a gripping analysis of a scandal that reveals the blurred lines between scholarship, faith, and lies. An unprecedented contribution to the study of forgery.”

    —DR. ERIN THOMPSON, art crime professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present 

“Ariel Sabar is an excellent investigative journalist explaining in detail a con that could have changed all of Christianity. Whatever the scam, the con artist and the victim both have an agenda.”
    —FRANK ABAGNALE, author of Catch Me If You Can 

“VERITAS is a fascinating journey into theology and academia, meticulously researched, well-written, consistently engaging.”
    —GREGG EASTERBROOK, author of It’s Better Than It Looks

“[An] intriguing religious/true-crime story involving a possible wife of Jesus…[A] fascinating tale.”
    —KIRKUS REVIEWS

​"[An] entertaining…meticulous account.”
    —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Sabar has written a true story of mystery and intrigue…blending religious history with a tale of deception…Well-researched, engrossing.”
   —LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A work of exemplary narrative nonfiction...fitting neatly into the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction category...Provocative and probing.”

    —BOOKLIST/American Library Association (starred review)​​