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A racy, highly entertaining history of cons and conmen. To the many people who've been the subject of a con, this book will be of personal interest: even if you haven't, there's still a fascination in how it has happened to other. The great, the god and the bad, from Oscar Wilde to Al Capone, have fallen victim to the wiles of the trickster. In Capone's case, he purchased a machine from 'Count' Victor Lustig, guaranteed to produce dollar bills. Other great cons described in this alarming yet funny book are: Royal Cons, Psychic Swindlers, Fairground Cons, Sexual Swindles, Gambling Swindles.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749951436
ISBN-10: 0749951435
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 145mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Portrait
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - James Morton

James Morton, a former barrister, is the author of Lola Montez (Portrait 2007, 0 7499 5115 X) his previous books include the bestselling Gangland and East End Gangland. His co-author and partner, Hilary Bateson, has been researching cons and conmen for many years. They live in North London.

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