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

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

by Jay Robert Nash

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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.
Another intriguing cornucopia of crime from Jay Robert Nash!

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ISBN-13: 9781590775271
Publisher: M. Evans & Company
Publication date: 04/19/1976
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 542,401
File size: 5 MB

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.

Table of Contents

1. The First Hustle
2. The Ancient Games
3. Magic Wallets and Pigeon-Drops
4. "Do the Moths Bother You?"
5. The Inherited Billions
6. All That Glitters
7. The Short Con
8. Sirens, Strumpets, and Smoothies
9. "I Am But a Scientist"
10. When the Spirits Paid Off
11. Giving Them the Business
12. Con Clans
13. Con International
14. The Big Store
15. Impossible Imposters
A Chronology of Con

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