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The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time

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Maria Konnikova

12 Hours 30 Minutes

Penguin Audio

January 2016

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'It’s a startling and disconcerting read that should make you think twice every time a friend of a friend offers you the opportunity of a lifetime.”
—Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and bestselling author of Devil in the White City

Think you can’t get conned? Think again. The New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes explains how to spot the con before they spot you.

“[An] excellent study of Con Artists, stories & the human need to believe” –Neil Gaiman, via Twitter

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.

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  • Alison G.

    The perfect read for anyone living the aftermath of falling for a confidence man. I was left confused with so many questions unanswered. This book helped me see how I was complicit in excusing red flags, and in retrospect recognize the stages and strategy of the game. A good proactive read for anyone wanting to avoid the con. As the author says, these people usually go through life unscathed with their reputation in tact. I’d like to stop the cycle and prevent others from unnecessary pain. My con had a name, he was a trusted and loved boyfriend. Someone I had met on-line. He knew everything about me, of course, I was the mark. Don’t fall for it. If only I had known.

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  • Anonymous

    The writer should let someone else narrate her books from now on. She speaks with a lisp and says "thousand" way too many times for my liking.

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