The Confidence Game

  • by Maria Konnikova
  • Narrated by Maria Konnikova
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Con men are artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. They hold a deep, enigmatic fascination for us. But how do they do it? Whether it's a suspicious-looking email or a multimillion-dollar global swindle, Maria Konnikova investigates the psychological principles that underlie each stage of the confidence game and the profile of both the con artist and his mark.
We learn how grifters can be so persuasive, even to those of us who consider ourselves immune, and how we can train ourselves to discern the signs of a story that isn't quite what it seems.
Insightful and entertaining, telling fascinating stories about some of the most seductive imposters in history, The Confidence Game takes us into the world of the con to examine not only why we believe in confidence artists but how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

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Great book for anyone who wants to understand con

Great story for self realisation! A bit on a scary side. grear examples mixed with science behind the confidense game.
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- Amazon Customer

Book of anecdotes about con-artists

This is nothing more and nothing less than a book with anecdotes about con-artists. There is some discussion of the psychological mechanisms underlying the tricks, but the discussion and critical analysis is light.
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- phil chadwick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-01-2016
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd