On May 1, CBS’s “60 Minutes” did a segment on the Da Vinci Code that tore to shreds Dan Brown’s “facts.” Ed Bradley interviewed several professors and writers, all of whom blasted the book for its historical inaccuracies. Bradley put the definitive question to Bill Putnam, an author who investigated the book’s thesis. Putnam was asked, “When you look at the list of hoaxes that have been perpetrated throughout history, where would you place this one?” He replied, “At the top.”


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