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American Animals

American AnimalsA True Crime Memoir

American Animals is a coming-of-age crime memoir centered around three childhood friends: Warren, Spencer, and Eric. Disillusioned with freshman year of college and determined to escape from their mundane Middle-American existences, the three hatch a plan to steal millions of dollars’ worth of... more

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American Animals is a coming-of-age crime memoir centered around three childhood friends: Warren, Spencer, and Eric. Disillusioned with freshman year of college and determined to escape from their mundane Middle-American existences, the three hatch a plan to steal millions of dollars’ worth of artwork and rare manuscripts from a university museum. The story that unfolds is a gripping adventure of teenage rebellion, from page-turning meetings with black-market art dealers in Amsterdam, to the opulent galleries of Christie’s auction house in Rockefeller Center. American Animals ushers the reader along a gut-wrenching ride of adolescent self-destruction, providing a front-row seat to the inception, planning, and execution of the heist, while offering a rare glimpse into the evolution of a crime—all narrated by one of the perpetrators in a darkly comic, action-packed, true-crime caper.

Eric Borsuk is the author of American Animals, the memoir featured in the major motion picture of the same name. His work has appeared in Vice Magazine and The Marshall Project. He currently lives in...more

Reviews

A rare book heist that Danny Ocean may have applauded—except for one mistake. (Praise for the motion picture)

Vanity Fair

A tragicomedy of errors. (Praise for the motion picture)

Salon

One of the biggest art heists in FBI history. (Praise for the motion picture)

The Times of London

One of the most esoteric and far-fetched crimes in 21st century annals. (Praise for the motion picture)

The Hollywood Reporter