The Big Con by David Maurer Pdf
Download The Big Con by David Maurer Pdf book free online. “A cornucopia of strange but true anecdotes, recounted simply with deadpan humor, as subtle and rich in mood as anything this side of Mark Twain,” wrote Luc Sante in Salon of the classic 1940 study of con men and con games.
“Of all the crooks, the confidence man is the aristocrat,” David Maurer said, proving his point in The Big Con, one of the most colorful, well-researched, and amusing works of criminology ever written. Maurer, a linguistics professor who specialized in underworld jargon, gained the trust of hundreds of con artists, who revealed not only their language but also their folkways and the astonishingly complex and elaborate schemes by which unsuspecting targets were “taken off” – i.e. cheated – of thousands upon thousands of dollars.
The Big Con is a rich trove of American jargon (the write, the rag, the payoff, ropers, shills, the cold poke, the convincer, to put on the send) and unforgettable characters (the write, the rag, the payoff, ropers, shills, the cold poke, the convincer, to put on the send) (Yellow Kid Weil, Barney the Patch, the Seldom Seen Kid, Limehouse Chappie, Larry the Lug). It was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Sting.