​​​​​​​PRAISE FOR VERITAS 

​"Mesmerizing....[Sabar] has our attention, and slowly, remorselessly, he pays out the rest of his devilish yarn...Savor the denouement—and don't leave at intermission."

   —WALL STREET JOURNAL

"[A] madcap, unforgettable book...for enthusiasts of ancient Christianity...and readers of idea-driven capers, whether by Daniel Silva or Janet Malcolm. It’s a barely believable tale, crazier than a tweed-sniffer in the faculty lounge."
   —NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW​

"Fascinating...engrossing...The interaction of [the con man and the Harvard professor], one with a deep need to deceive and the other with a desperate need to believe, presents a wholly human story of frailty and weakness."
   —NPR


"Extraordinary....astonishing...The book is as good as a detective novel, possessing plot, subplots, hidden motives, bees in eccentric bonnets and startling revelations."
   —MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE​


“A tour de force of investigative journalism.”
   —PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE


​"It’s a story about journalism done right, about Sabar’s own capable, dogged sleuthing to get to the bottom of those famous headlines...Veritas offers a vital lesson less about Christianity than about what happens when a scholar decides that the story is more important than the truth."
   —TIME MAGAZINE

"A thriller for eggheads"
   —BOSTON GLOBE


​"The fascinating full story..Sabar painstakingly unspools the threads."
    —CNN

"A testament to the value of investigative journalism…full of shocking and revelatory moments.”

   —DAILY BEAST

"Book-length expansions of articles often seem bloated, but this one is a remarkable exception. Every page of its icily forensic narrative advances the story in some unexpected way, continually modifying one’s understanding of its principal players and their complex motives. It is partly a psychological thriller about the danse macabre that goes on between a skilled con man and a well-chosen mark, partly a global-historical blockbuster with variants on the obligatory tropes: lurid sex, wicked priests, Egyptology, Nazis. But it is also, most interestingly, a sustained study of the clash between the idea of historical truth as a set of objective facts waiting to be uncovered by rigorous inquiry and the more contemporary notion of it as a construct, amenable to (and fair game for) deliberate intervention. Sabar is clearly in favour of establishing the historical truth, and the spectacular results of his old-fashioned diligence stand as a 400-page rebuke to those who aren’t. But a surprising magnanimity prevails, with both King and her manipulator retaining a measure of sympathy, even respect, to the end.”
   —LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS


“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

“Journalistic investigations into ancient artifacts and manuscripts hold a threefold challenge. The first is summoning the stubbornness and patience necessary to track down leads and win the confidence of sources…The second is to access the deeper meaning of the artifact in question and its path through the world, beyond the superficial details. The third is to combine all of this into an absorbing narrative. It’s rare to succeed on all three counts, but Sabar has: Veritas is a masterpiece.”
    —JEWISH REVIEW OF BOOKS


“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 


​​A BARNES & NOBLE NEW AND NOTABLE BOOK 

"An eminent Harvard scholar. A fragment of ancient papyrus that could upend Christianity. The artifact’s mysterious owner. A web of secrets and intrigue. Those details might remind you of Dan Brown’s monster 2003 bestseller The Da Vinci Code. But Ariel Sabar’s new book, while just as wild and propulsive a tale, is nonfiction. And, of course, it has a Florida connection.….Veritas is packed with details and tells a complex story, but Sabar’s prose is clear and inviting, and the book is structured with a well-tuned sense of suspense. It’s a wonderfully absorbing example of truth being stranger than fiction."
   —TAMPA BAY TIMES

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

“[A] fascinating tale.”
    —KIRKUS REVIEWS

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

“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

“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)

“The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of My Father's Paradise transforms top-notch research skills into riveting suspense…an extraordinary and mind-bending adventure into ancient traditions with modern consequences.”
  —SHELF AWARENESS (Veritas  named a "Shelf Talker")

"Scintillating...Sabar is a master storyteller." 
   —TABLET

"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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​​"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

ARIEL SABAR author   journalist

​    winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

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

   – Oskaloosa Independent