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

By | January 19, 2018
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time Author Maria Konnikova
ISBN-10 0143109871
ISBN-13 9780143109877
Year 2017-01-10
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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Its 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 CityThink you cant get conned Think again TheNew York Timesbestselling author ofMastermind 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 artistsand the people who fall for their cons over and over again While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen true conmenthe Bernie Madoffs the Jim Bakkers the Lance Armstrongsare 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 Gameasks 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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