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The Modern Con Man

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  74 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Whether it's winning $50 on a bar bet, scoring seats closer to the fifty-yard line, or finagling a free meal, "The Modern Con Man" ensures that aspiring low-risk grifters will always come out on top. Filled with humorous facts and tables, a glossary of con terms, illustrations, the history of the con, and easy-to-follow swindles, this is the perfect gift for the hidden fli ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 8th 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published April 1st 2008)
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Adam Shafer
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A hacky, hokey, collection of eyeroll-inducing wordplay puzzles designed against straw men victims. It's poorly written, juvenile, chauvinistic, unaware of how lacking in cleverness it is, and cynical to the bone. I would have given this fewer stars if Goodreads' rating system allowed it.

But... I'm still the sucker who paid money to read it.

Also, why does the author intermittently sign his initials at the end of some sections like a schnook?
Michael Thompson
Interesting to see how con-artists do what they do. The book has an ugly/darkness to it though. The author is completely self-centered and sees any type of empathy/compassion for others as weakness. If I were the Devil, I'd issue this book as required reading for my subjects. That said, there are some very fun bar tricks in the book.
Rob Sharp
Sep 24, 2013 marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
Still haven't moved on from here, this Kindle version of this book suffers from a lot of formatting problems which has put me right off. Giving up on this for the time being, may revisit later.
Duke Cullinan
Stupid book. Really just a compendium of mostly below average bar bets. Seems like a bunch of chaff the author culled from his website (if such site exists). Pretty layout, however.
Jon Bristow
A little too silly for me.
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