The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man

The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man


"Of the entire grifters, the arrogance guy is the aristocrat, " wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitively proved within the large Con, essentially the most colourful, well-researched, and wonderful works of criminology, ever written. A professor of linguistics who really expert in underworld argot. Maurer gained the belief of enormous quantities of swindlers who permit him in on no longer easily their language, yet their folkways and the astonishingly complicated and complex schemes wherein unsuspecting marks, hooked via their very own greed and dishonesty, have been "taken off" -- i.e., cheated -- of hundreds of thousands upon millions of bucks. the goods of wonderful ingenuity, crack timing, and a focus to each final aspect, those "big cons" richly deserve Maurer's description as "the most efficient swindling equipment which guy has ever invented."

The colossal Con is a treasure trove of yank lingo (the write, the rag, the payoff, ropers, shills, the chilly poke, the convincer, to place at the ship) and indelible characters (Yellow child Weil, Barney the Patch, the Seldom noticeable child, Limehouse Chappie, Larry the Lug). It served as a resource for the Oscar-winning movie the edge and may satisfaction fanatics of such writers as David Mamet, Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard, and William Burroughs for its droll, totally authoritative examine the undying pursuit of relieving one's fellow guy of his surplus cash.

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