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

Maria Konnikova

"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. From the Hardcover edition.

"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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

12h 30m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:22


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:19


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:34


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:43


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:30


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:31


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:12


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:19


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:07


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:19


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:12


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:22


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:32


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:32


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:10


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:29


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:10


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:14


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:50


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:34


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:34


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:28


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:22


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:35


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:49


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:53


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:05


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:44


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:22


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:39


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:49


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:27