Big Con : The Story of the Confidence Man

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CON MEN DON'T STEAL—they literally have wads of cash thrust into their hands by trusting victims.

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Find out how they accomplish these dizzying feats in David Maurer's The Big Con, one of the finest and most entertaining portraits of confidence men and their games ever written. First published in 1940, it later inspired the Oscar-winning movie The Sting, and is to this day considered a classic of criminology.

In addition to being a treasure trove of underworld lingo and unforgettable characters, The Big Con vividly illustrates the fundamental stages of every con, including
  • Putting up the mark—finding a well-to-do victim
  • Playing the con for him—gaining his or her confidence
  • Giving him the convincer—allowing the victim to make a small profit
  • Putting him on the send—sending him home to get more money
  • Taking off the touch—fleecing the victim

  • Forewarned is forearmed. In today's world of ever bigger Ponzi schemes, the price of this book might be the best money you ever spent.

    Additional Information

    Author David Maurer
    Publisher Anchor Books
    Page Count 336pp
    Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25
    Publication Notes paperback
    Publication Date July 1999
    ISBN 978-0385495387

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