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The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, A Cunning Revenge, And A Small History Of The Big Con (2012)

by Amy Reading(Favorite Author)
3.21 of 5 Votes: 4
0307272486 (ISBN13: 9780307272485)
review 1: The title and subtitle do a good job of outlining what the book is about. An interesting story of the big cons at the start of the 20th century, as well as one character's revenge on the con men. I appreciated its discussion about the place of "confidence" (and hence the con) in the development and growth of the US. If you have one, you have the other. Coincidentally, the day I finished it they had "Guys and Dolls" on TMC; interesting opening scene with everyone on the streets hustling; same setting as the book.
review 2: Had never heard of Frank Norfleet before picking this book up at the library but what an amazing story -- the Texas rancher who was conned twice by five slick con-artists and rather than slink home and suffer, he sets out to avenge his loss by
... more tracking down the culprits, which he eventually does. The book is more than just the story of Norfleet, though -- gives a nice concise history of the rise of confidence men and their crimes. less
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Boring Leverage episode, setting: Wild West. Occasional brights spots. DNF.
Great true crime story of a con game along with the history of big cons.
Stunning work of cultural history
Very interesting reading. Fun
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