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24 Jun Now reprinted after a shamefully long hiatus, The Big Con by David Maurer is, like its subjects, crowned with many hats. Its origins are in. The Big Con has ratings and 86 reviews. Scott said: A fascinating linguistic and anthropological study of a bygone criminal era details an amazing. David Warren Maurer (April 12, – June 11, ) was a professor of linguistics at the The Big Con is Maurer’s most popular and perhaps most important book. It was originally published in by Bobbs-Merrill Company. The source.

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One of the con leaders referenced is a man named Gondorff, who got his start in New York City. Discover the exact techniques I used to build confidence, make new friends, and overcome a lifetime of social awkwardness! During the first three decades of the 20th century, a legion of smooth-talking, quick thinking, davd nonviolent criminals traveled America taking people’s money. Some cases of Mr. Now that I think about it, I’m not particularly surprised that Scott Lynch’s “Gentlemen Bastards” series takes some inspiration from Maurer’s book, but it was mauger cool find nonetheless.

The con game always has at least a mauurer and the ‘inside man’ who bounce the victim between them. Stories about con men and criminals are good to use as anecdotes and metaphors.

It’s a long read, and a rather slow one, mainly due to unfamiliar terminology, but once you get into the flow of it, it picks up. Apr 04, DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ready to be more social?

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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. October 27, Imprint: At its best, this book bog some of the classic cons of its time the book was first published in and I now want to rewatch some David Mamet movies to davkd how that correlate to the text. Based on true events. Two fake setups were used – in one a Western Union office was established, along with a horse race room located elsewhere with a telegraph, odds board, bookmaker, and shills winning and losing large sums of money to whet the victim’s appetite.


That level of detailAcapturing this oral traditionAmakes his book a valuable resource for readers who want a taste of the reality that inspired such films as The Sting.

The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man by David W. Maurer

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The Arrangement 7 The Ferro Family. Always they merit the scorn and contempt of the con men.

He’s right there in the hotel with me and it would be a better tie-up than the point-out. The Science of High Performance: Maurer methodically documents how the three biggest ploys evolved and details the process of cleanly and cleverly removing large amounts of money from a befuddled mark step by step.

Ratings and Biig 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Yet con men shared information only through what might be called oral tradition. The Invention of Wings. His gang set up rooms resembling stock exchanges and betting parlors to convince tourists to put xavid large sums to secure delivery of stock profits or winning bets. Maurer maure a linguist, and language, professional argot, is his entree to the world of conmen, but don’t let that fool you. His notorious antics made headlines across the old American West.

He is a hefty baby with plenty of moxie. How to Cheat at Everything. See and discover other items: But I did find it interesting and evocative of a particular era, as well as of more general principles of human greed, ingenuity, and deceit.


Apr maufer, Jim rated it it was amazing. This was an interesting look into the big con games of the early 20th century, when the modern equivalent of millions or hundreds of thousands of dollars could vanish into thin air.

It was written for general audiences – it’s not a sociology or criminology text. If you love reading about crime, read this. Mauer clearly spent much time in interviews, in the course of studying their language.

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There is a certain romance about master confidence men. It’s a history of confidence games and con men, starting with the earliest cons and going through the s, when it was originally written.

The true center of this work, like the center of the cons it describes, may be the Mark. Luc Sante Foreword by. Return to Book Page. Originally published init captures in considerable detail the state of the con game in the early 20th-century US.

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