Fame & Infamy is part of the series—a conveniently portable, stylishly packaged and eminently collectible set of six books that each open a window onto a selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. Fame & Infamy tells the stories of adultery, perversion, shameless greed, theft and deception that have brought down presidents, prime ministers, clergy and famous people of practically every stripe. The gripping cloak-and-dagger dramas climax in catastrophic exposures and career- destroying indiscretions that rival great fiction and are all the more astounding because they are seminal moments in our history. The stories star famous names and often share selfish desires, yet each tale shocks us, sometimes for its audacity, sometimes its complexity and sometimes its pure idiocy, from televangelist Jimmy Swaggart caught with a prostitute, Howard Hughes's bizarre personal hygiene to Anthony Blunt who attained British royal favour while spying for the Soviet Union. Alternately disturbing and amazing, the narratives reveal clandestine affairs, underhanded political dealings, blatant criminal activity and other dramatic episodes that erupt in the lives of successful people gone bad.