Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Paperback)Edward J. Balleisen (author)
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Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 496
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
"Edward J. Balleisen, Winner of the 2018 Harold F. Williamson Prize, Business History Conference"
"At this political moment, few books could be more timely than Fraud. . . . Balleisen's book provides a far more sweeping view than its predecessors, offering a much-needed big-picture perspective. . . . [R]ollicking and engaging. . . . Its moral seems to be that Americans are fools, led to economic ruin by their own credulity, again and again and again."
-Brooke Harrington, TheAtlantic.com
"Balleisen argues that fraud has been a central figure of our freewheeling economy from the start, making it hard to tell scams from legitimate businesses and hard to tell aggressive sales tactics from outright deception."
-Carina Chocano, New York Times Magazine
"Well-written and deeply researched."
-Tyler Cowen, Times Literary Supplement
"A fascinating, gripping, two-hundred-year history of fraud . . . the reaction to it and the cost to American livelihoods."