The Mark Inside - A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con-logo

The Mark Inside - A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con

Amy Reading

In 1919, Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle. He did what many other marks did-he went home, borrowed more money from his family, and returned for another round of swindling. Only after he lost that second fortune did he reclaim control of his story. Instead of crawling back home in shame, he vowed to hunt down the five men who had conned him. Armed with a revolver and a suitcase full of disguises, Norfleet crisscrossed the country from Texas to Florida to California to Colorado, posing as a country hick and allowing himself to be ensnared by confidence men again and again to gather evidence on his enemies. Within four years, Frank Norfleet had become nationally famous for his quest to out-con the con men. Through Norfleet's ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the mechanics behind the scenes of the big con-a piece of performance art targeted to the most vulnerable points of human nature. Reading shows how the big con has been woven throughout U.S. history. From the colonies to the railroads and the Chicago Board of Trade, America has always been a speculative enterprise, and bunco men and bankers alike have always understood that the common man was perfectly willing to engage in minor fraud to get a piece of the expanding stock market-a trait that made him infinitely gullible. Amy Reading's fascinating account of con artistry in America and Frank Norfleet's wild caper invites you into the crooked history of a nation on the hustle, constantly feeding the hunger and the hope of the mark inside.

In 1919, Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle. He did what many other marks did-he went home, borrowed more money from his family, and returned for another round of swindling. Only after he lost that second fortune did he reclaim control of his story. Instead of crawling back home in shame, he vowed to hunt down the five men who had conned him. Armed with a revolver and a suitcase full of disguises, Norfleet crisscrossed the country from Texas to Florida to California to Colorado, posing as a country hick and allowing himself to be ensnared by confidence men again and again to gather evidence on his enemies. Within four years, Frank Norfleet had become nationally famous for his quest to out-con the con men. Through Norfleet's ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the mechanics behind the scenes of the big con-a piece of performance art targeted to the most vulnerable points of human nature. Reading shows how the big con has been woven throughout U.S. history. From the colonies to the railroads and the Chicago Board of Trade, America has always been a speculative enterprise, and bunco men and bankers alike have always understood that the common man was perfectly willing to engage in minor fraud to get a piece of the expanding stock market-a trait that made him infinitely gullible. Amy Reading's fascinating account of con artistry in America and Frank Norfleet's wild caper invites you into the crooked history of a nation on the hustle, constantly feeding the hunger and the hope of the mark inside.
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In 1919, Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle. He did what many other marks did-he went home, borrowed more money from his family, and returned for another round of swindling. Only after he lost that second fortune did he reclaim control of his story. Instead of crawling back home in shame, he vowed to hunt down the five men who had conned him. Armed with a revolver and a suitcase full of disguises, Norfleet crisscrossed the country from Texas to Florida to California to Colorado, posing as a country hick and allowing himself to be ensnared by confidence men again and again to gather evidence on his enemies. Within four years, Frank Norfleet had become nationally famous for his quest to out-con the con men. Through Norfleet's ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the mechanics behind the scenes of the big con-a piece of performance art targeted to the most vulnerable points of human nature. Reading shows how the big con has been woven throughout U.S. history. From the colonies to the railroads and the Chicago Board of Trade, America has always been a speculative enterprise, and bunco men and bankers alike have always understood that the common man was perfectly willing to engage in minor fraud to get a piece of the expanding stock market-a trait that made him infinitely gullible. Amy Reading's fascinating account of con artistry in America and Frank Norfleet's wild caper invites you into the crooked history of a nation on the hustle, constantly feeding the hunger and the hope of the mark inside.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard McGonagle

Length:

11h 17m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:02


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:08


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:27


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:41


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:53


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:58


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:41


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:45


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:22


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:49


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:56


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:53


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:14


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:02


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:10


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:34


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:53


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:37


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:49


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:01


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:46


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

09:08


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:27


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

00:35