The Big Con
The Story of the Confidence Man
This criminology classic delves deep into the dark and complex world of con men and their elaborate schemes. Written by a linguistics professor who gained the trust of hundreds of swindlers, the book offers a fascinating insight into the language and tactics of confidence tricksters. It is a treasure trove of unique American lingo and unforgettable characters, and served as the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film The Sting. A must-read for anyone intrigued by the art of manipulation and deception.
First Published in 1940
2020-12-08T19:29:43.000Z@eruditeknight You should read THE BIG CON, the best book written on this - it's a nonfiction anthropological study of gilded age con artists that was later adapted to become The Sting. – source