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  • The Big Conby David Maurer

    Random House 2011; US$ 14.32

    'Of all the gifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat, ' wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitively proved in The Big Con. A professor of linguistics who specialised in underworld argot, Maurer won the trust of hundreds of swindlers. They let him in on not simply their language, but their folkwrys and the astonishingly complex and elaborate... more...

  • Whiz Mobby David W. Maurer

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1964; US$ 9.99

    I>Whiz Mob is David W. Maurer's classic study of the world of pickpockets. Similar to his best-known work, The Big Con , in Whiz Mob Maurer explains the colorful expressions and vivid words used by pickpockets and uses them to provide a window into the life and experiences of the professional criminal. Although he is quick to point out that he... more...

  • The American Confidence Manby David W. Maurer

    Charles C Thomas 1974; US$ 47.95

    A classic in its field, this readable book is the only full-scale authentic treatment of the confidence rackets. Criminals themselves answer such questions as: How does a criminal maintain his reputation in his own culture? What are the attitudes toward the dominant culture? How are families established and maintained? How is protection organized and... more...

  • Kentucky Moonshineby David W. Maurer

    The University Press of Kentucky 2013; US$ 18.00

    " When the first American tax on distilled spirits was established in 1791, violence broke out in Pennsylvania. The resulting Whiskey Rebellion sent hundreds of families down the Ohio River by flatboat, stills on board, to settle anew in the fertile bottomlands of Kentucky. Here they used cold limestone spring water to make bourbon and found that... more...

  • The Big Conby David Maurer; Luc Sante

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    Shares insights from confidence men and swindlers on the schemes they used to cheat their victims. more...

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