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Accidentally, on Purpose: The Making of a Personal Injury Underworld in America 
by Ken Dornstein.
Macmillan, 452 pp., £19.50, December 1996, 9780333674574
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... only imitating our elder, more larcenous fellow Americans, the army of injury-fakers described in Ken Dornstein’s Accidentally, on Purpose. Over the last century their staged crashes, fires and nosedives have defrauded insurance companies of billions of dollars. Their originals were English ship-scuttlers of the 17th century, shipowners who grew rich ...

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