Hustlers and Con Men: An Anecdotal History of the Confidence Man and His Games

Rowman & Littlefield
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Jay Robert Nash takes you into the real and fascinating world of the criminal elite—the con man. Hustlers and Con Men is an entertaining look at the boldest, most sophisticated, most wildly imaginative criminals of the past 200 years, including the Gondorf brothers, Lou Blonger, Charles Ponzi, Madam Zingara, "Paper Collar Joe" Kratalsky, and hundreds of others. Here, too, are their extraordinary schemes: the mail-order flim-flam, the lonely hearts racket, the gold brick con, the inherited billions bilk, the "spirits" game, the once-in-a -lifetime business opportunity, the Peter-to-Paul scam, and a whole bag of other tricks you've probably never heard of.
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About the author

Jay Robert Nash is the bestselling author of Bloodletters and Badmen, The Dillinger Dossier, and the Almanac of True Crime. He received a special Edgar Allen Poe award in 1991 for his Encyclopedia of World Crime. He lives in Wilmette, Illinois.
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Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield
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Published on
Apr 19, 1976
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781590775271
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Criminology
True Crime / Hoaxes & Deceptions
True Crime / White Collar Crime
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