The Confidence Game

The Confidence Game

Why We Fall for It. .. Every Time

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind, a compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.
 
From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives. Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim.The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the psyches, motives, and methods of con artists to reveal why they are consistently successful, identifying common hallmarks of cons to share additional insights into the relationship between artists and victims.

Baker
& Taylor

The best-selling author of Mastermind explores the psyches, motives and methods of con artists to reveal why they are consistently successful, identifying common hallmarks of cons to share additional insights into the relationship between artists and victims.

Publisher: New York : Viking, [2016]
Copyright Date: @2016
ISBN: 9780525427414
Branch Call Number: 364. 163 KON
Characteristics: x, 340 pages ; 24 cm

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While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over a... Read More »


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cpdemers
Nov 15, 2020

Interesting research, yet the writing was neither succinct nor sharp. Altogether a let down.

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s_andra
Aug 23, 2018

This book is a collection of several cases and examples. After about 30 pages, I felt like the rest of the book was repetitive or held the same themes. As several other reviews would say, it was much longer than it needed to be.
I was originally interested in this book since the author worked with Game Theory and won poker tournaments but this book is a bit of a letdown.

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mclarjh
Oct 21, 2016

Decent journalistic writing, but far too long, and not enough new info.

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