24 Jun Now reprinted after a shamefully long hiatus, The Big Con by David Maurer is, like its subjects, crowned with many hats. Its origins are in. The Big Con has ratings and 86 reviews. Scott said: A fascinating linguistic and anthropological study of a bygone criminal era details an amazing. David Warren Maurer (April 12, – June 11, ) was a professor of linguistics at the The Big Con is Maurer’s most popular and perhaps most important book. It was originally published in by Bobbs-Merrill Company. The source.

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This is the book that the writer of the movie, TheSting, based their script elements on.

Bit a bit slow, a bit too dry for literary interest and a bit too flowery for academic interest, with too many lists of con men’s names that bear no meaning for the modern reader. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or thr of our reviewer’s personal information.

Yet con men shared information only through what might be called oral tradition.

By train A classic of popular sociology and underworld linguistics, Maurer takes us inside the world of the big con. The history of the Confidence Men, their “games” and “stores” It served as the source for the Oscar-winning film The Sting. But on the balance this was an interesting read and a nice change of pace from what I usually check out. And it’s fairly clear that the author, while pretending to a scholarly indifference, is quite enamored of talented con men. Educational, amusing, informative, and a remarkably quick read this book provides all that is needed for the casual enthusiast.

Every metropolis used to have its network of gyp joints, variously tarted up as saloons, nightclubs, gambling casinos, etc. The Fault in Our Stars.

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It includes an introduction that describes the methods he used to collect criminal argot. He’s right there in the hotel with me and tje would be a better tie-up than the point-out.

The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man

We’re almost years beyond the fairly mauurer cons described in this book – should we really be so confident that we’re not being scammed now without even knowing it? Why We Fall for It. Maursr is a non-fiction book written by a professor and it reads that way at times. Apr 17, Jim rated it it was amazing. The book was first published inso the language there is a glossary that must be read throughis ripe and old, a meal of well aged cheese and port.

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Since the book was published inthe “big con” has obviously evolved in the sophistication and subtlety of its methods but it’s undoubtedly still around, even though you’re unlikely ever to hear about it due to the embarrassing nature of being roped for a small fortune.

As Maurer says, “a confidence man only prospers because of the fundamental dishonesty of his victims. Please try again later. Maurer methodically documents how the three biggest ploys evolved and details the process of cleanly and cleverly removing large amounts of money from a befuddled mark step by step.

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I found it to be very interesting, both from a technical perspective on how things were done, as well as a sociological perspective. A riveting adventure story, which just happens to be true! However, his need to completely cover his subjects lead to some stretches that can be passed over, such as when he lists the best current and, of course, now long dead practitioners of certain cons.

The book is great at capturing a moment in time, and I think I liked it as much for how dated it feels as for how much I learned from it. But it’s a fascinating look at the cons of the early 20th century which eventually led to the Nigerian Prince schemes of today. Stop faking being an extrovert.

This kind of book has a long history. Apr 04, DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing Shelves: How much of it is bullshit, given that it was gathered by a “straight” directly from the mouths of admitted professional liars? Adventures in Chinese Media and Education.

Greene was a drunk, a playwright and a gambler. Yet he notes that “Confidence men trade upon certain weaknesses in human nature.