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Best Con Man Books You Should Read

Our list of some of the best Con Man books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man (1999)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadThe classic 1940 study of con men and con games that Luc Sante in Salon called “a bonanza of wild but credible stories, told concisely with deadpan humor, as sly and rich in atmosphere as anything this side of Mark Twain.”   “Of all the grifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat,” wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitely proved in The Big Con, one of the most colorful, well-researched, and entertaining works of criminology ever written. A professor of linguistics who specialized in underworld argot, Maurer…
Author(s): David Maurer, Luc Sante

2. Separating the Con Man From the Co Man: How to Source a Contract Manufacturer (2015)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadHave you been searching for a contract manufacturer for the last 6 months, but you still haven’t found a good match? Have you been manufacturing your product yourself and have come to the realization that you are ready to outsource? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you need expert guidance as you sift through the dozens of con men to find the right co-manufacturer. Will Madden uses his two decades of experience to navigate the twists and turns of the food industry maze, empowering food companies to find the elusive needle in a haystack: the perfect co-manufacturer…
Author(s): Madden III, William FX

3. The Con Man (87th Precinct) (2012)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadA con man is plying his trade on the streets of Isola: conning a domestic for pocket change, businessmen for thousands, and even ladies in exchange for a little bit of love. You can see the world, meet a lot of nice people, imbibe some unique drinks, and make a ton of money…all by conning them for their cash. The question is: How far is he willing to go?When a young woman’s body washes up in the Harb River, the answer to that question becomes tragically clear. Now Detective Steve Carella races against time to find him before another con turns deadly. The only clue he has to go on is the mysterious tattoo on the young…
Author(s): Ed McBain

4. Con Men and Cutpurses: Scenes from the Hogarthian Underworld (Penguin Classics) (2004)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadAn enthralling anthology of 18th-century writings that gives a fascinating insight into the dreadful misdeeds of – and the horrible punishments meeted out to – an array of rogues and criminals, from murderers and swindlers to prostitutes and pirates. Captured in memoirs, letters, ballads and court transcripts are some of the most colourful villains ever to take their last gasp at the hangman’s noose, including daring thief Jack Sheppherd, highwayman Dick Turpin and ingenious pickpocket Jenny Diver. Taking us from the backstreets and brothels to Newgate prison and the gallows at…
Author(s): Lucy Moore

5. The Mueller Report: The Leaked Investigation into President Donald Trump and His Inner Circle of Con Men, Circus Clowns, and Children He Named After Himself (2018)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadThe entire country is waiting to see what former FBI director and current special counsel Robert Mueller has dug up on former mail-order steak salesman and current US president Donald Trump. The wait is over—sort of—with the publication of The Mueller Report by Jason O. Gilbert. Leaked by an anonymous and vengeful White House source who goes only by the mysterious code name “Melania T.,” The Mueller Report is a hilarious inventory of the dirt, grime, and Big Mac crumbs that the special counsel has collected on President Trump during his months of…
Author(s): Jason O. Gilbert

6. Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art (2010)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadFilled with extraordinary characters and told at breakneck speed, Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller. But this is most certainly not fiction. It is the astonishing narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate cons in the history of art forgery. Stretching from London to Paris to New York, investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo recount the tale of infamous con man and unforgettable villain John Drewe and his accomplice, the affable artist John Myatt. Together they exploited the archives of British art institutions to irrevocably legitimize the hundreds of pieces they forged, many of…
Author(s): Laney Salisbury, Aly Sujo

7. The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History’s Most Desired Baseball Card (2008)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadOnly a few dozen T206 Wagners are known to still exist, having been released in limited numbers just after the turn of the twentieth century. Most, with their creases and stains, look like they’ve been around for nearly one hundred years. But one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. Its sharp corners and still-crisp portrait make it the single-most famous—and most desired—baseball card on the planet, valued today at more than two million dollars. It has transformed a simple hobby into a billion-dollar industry that is at times as lawless…
Author(s): Michael OKeeffe, Teri Thompson

8. Shell Games: A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America’s Strangest Wildlife (2011)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadIn Shell Games, journalist Craig Welch delves into our nation’s waters and wildlands in search of America’s most unusual criminals. The resulting detective story is filled with butterfly thieves, bear poachers, shark-trafficking pastors—and a rogues’ gallery of double-crossing crooks who get rich smuggling bizarre marine creatures. Puget Sound is home to the geoduck (pronounced “gooey duck”), the world’s largest burrowing clam—a seafood delicacy worth millions on the international black market. Outlaw scuba divers pursue this prize…
Author(s): Craig Welch

9. dis.con.tinued: DISSED BY MAN CONTINUED WITH GOD (2019)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadIT IS NOT AN ENEMY WHO TAUNTS ME—I COULD BEAR THAT. IT IS NOT MY FOES WHO SO ARROGANTLY INSULT ME—I COULD HAVE HIDDEN FROM THEM. INSTEAD, IT IS YOU—MY EQUAL, MY COMPANION AND CLOSE FRIEND.This book is for those who have been told by others or by your own self that your life has come to an end. It is for those who have been betrayed and just can’t seem to heal – Don’t believe that lie!In spite of how expired you feel; you’ll witness one chapter at a time on how you can go from dis.con.tinued to dancing and from dancing to dan.SING!A must-read…

10. The Con Man’s Daughter: A Story of Lies, Desperation, and Finding God (2017)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadWhen Candice Curry was a little girl, she put her hand in her father’s back pocket so that she wouldn’t get lost in large crowds. Little did she know that as she followed him, he was plying his trade: conning people. Her family drove stolen cars, lived in stolen houses, and shopped with stolen credit cards. Drug use was regular, as were visits from strange people who were trying to track her father down. Though she eventually cut ties with her father, Candice could not ignore the scars that were left from her childhood.This is her story, one…
Author(s): Candice Curry

11. Gangsters of Miami: True Tales of Mobsters, Gamblers, Hit Men, Con Men and Gang Bangers from the Magic City (2013)

 Best Con Man Books You Should ReadNow in paperback, this well researched book chronicles the rise of the gangster in Miami and the history of crime in one of America's most exciting and edgy cities. Known as the Magic City, Miami has been the home for a colorful variety of gangsters from its early days to the modern period. They include the notorious smugglers of the Prohibition era (infamous mobsters such as Al Capone and Meyer Lansky) who helped make Miami a gambling mecca, the Cuban Mafia which arrived after Cuba fell to Castro, the Colombian cartels during the cocaine explosion, the…
Author(s): Ron Chepesiuk

Best Con Man Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some con man books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

UNIVERSITY OF PUNE - Examination Circular No322 of 2009 Programme of Master in Marketing Management (M.M.M.)

Author(s): Dr. S.M.Ahire, In-charge Controller of Examinations
ID: 2424249, Publisher: , Year: Nov. 3, 2009, Size: 114 Kb, Format: pdf

Dynamic optimization: the calculus of variations and optimal control in economics and management

Author(s): Morton I. Kamien and Nancy L. Schwartz.
ID: 2518790, Publisher: North-Holland, Year: c1991., Size: 14 Mb, Format: pdf

Robust process control

Author(s): Manfred Morari, Evanghelos Zafiriou.
ID: 2788863, Publisher: Prentice Hall,, Year: c1989., Size: 406 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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