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American Animals

American Animals A 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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Overview

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

Borsuk is a damn fine writer, and he has penned an utterly unique coming-of-age memoir, one that is alternately poignant and hilarious but uniformly brilliant.

Scott Anderson, nationally bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia

Eric Borsuk writes beautifully, inhabiting the fertile and scattered minds of these young college students with a style that is both raw and brutally self-aware… the result is a fine book that is spare and literary while also compulsively readable. A literary page turner!

Stephen Elliot, bestselling author of The Adderall Diaries

An ill-conceived rare-book heist becomes the chrysalis for a rare sort of book indeed: a true-crime memoir that takes off on the wings of Borsuk’s deft prose, dark humor, and often disarming humanity.

Charles Siebert, award-winning author and journalist

An act of daring almost artistic in its originality.

The Guardian

True crime heist tales almost inevitably include an idea that is simultaneously brilliant, crazy, and idiotic, and American Animals is no different. What makes this memoir so entertaining and unusual is that one of the college student knuckleheads involved in this fine art robbery also happens to be a gifted writer. Borsuk's coming of age confession is funny, fast-paced, and highly believable.

Guy Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of War Dogs

A burningly vibrant, beautifully iconic fast-paced American coming of age heist story.

Royal Young, author of Fame Shark

merican Animals is a book unlike any I've ever read. The twist and turns and audacity can lend themselves to incredulity, but at the heart of this book is a humanness that even those shaking their heads the most will have to recognize. Eric Borsuk's work here is as daring as any heist.

Jared Yates Sexton, author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage