The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts, and Swindles in American History (Hardback)
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The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts, and Swindles in American History (Hardback)

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Hardback 380 Pages / Published: 06/09/2016
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This book examines a broad range of infamous scams, cons, swindles, and hoaxes throughout American history-and considers why human gullibility continues in an age of easy access to information.


* Explores figures such as "Yellow Kid" Weil, Charles Ponzi, Orson Welles, and Frank Abagnale, among others

* Provides insight into human nature-gullibility being one aspect of it-throughout the ages, addresses the power of rumor and legend, and identifies the social conditions that have allowed some scams and hoaxes to flourish

* Presents information that can serve academic research projects as well as fascinate and entertain general readers

* Features the original stories behind the Hollywood movies The Sting, Catch Me If You Can, Argo, and American Hustle

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781610695855
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 1043 g
Dimensions: 257 x 180 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Serious students and general readers alike will marvel at fraudsters' ingenuity and cringe at human gullibility (sometimes fed by greed). Consider for all public libraries." - Library Journal
"[A] good overview and resource for public and academic libraries aimed at all levels of beginning students. Summing Up: Recommended. High school, community college, and undergraduate students; general readers." - Choice
"The Big Con is a big book, almost 400 pages, and as such, it is very authoritative, making it a great reference book to have for those who enjoy reading true crime, crime fiction, or who are born skeptics and get a certain 'kick' out reading how easily people can be fooled. . . . Very readable The Big Con is one of those books that you can pick up and start reading anywhere. There is an extensive bibliography at the back for further reading suggestions. Mr Hendley has done sceptics a genuine courtesy by assembling the history of frauds, cons, scams and hoaxes into one beautiful volume. . . . [T]his book is perfect reading for the casual reader, true crime/fiction aficionado, and sceptic." - The Miramichi Reader
"For a comprehensive guide to how the likes of Clem, Lehwess, and other slick-talkers operate, check out The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts, and Swindles in American History. . . . [E]ntertaining and informative." - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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