The Confidence Men

Margalit Fox brings her “nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality” (Kathryn Schulz, New York) to this tale of psychological strategy that is ...

The Confidence Men

The Confidence Men

The astonishing true story of two World War I prisoners who pulled off one of the most ingenious escapes of all time. “A wonder, a marvel, a feat of invention and dogged persistence, and most of all, a testament to the power of the human capacity to believe.”—Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Imprisoned in a remote Turkish POW camp during World War I, having survived a two-month forced march and a terrifying shootout in the desert, two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, join forces to bamboozle their iron-fisted captors. To stave off despair and boredom, Jones takes a handmade Ouija board and fakes elaborate séances for his fellow prisoners. Word gets around, and one day an Ottoman official approaches Jones with a query: Could Jones contact the spirit world to find a vast treasure rumored to be buried nearby? Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use the Ouija board—and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception—to build a trap for their captors that will ultimately lead them to freedom. A gripping nonfiction thriller, The Confidence Men is the story of one of the only known con games played for a good cause—and of a profound but unlikely friendship. Had it not been for “the Great War,” Jones, the Oxford-educated son of a British lord, and Hill, a mechanic on an Australian sheep ranch, would never have met. But in pain, loneliness, hunger, and isolation, they formed a powerful emotional and intellectual alliance that saved both of their lives. Margalit Fox brings her “nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality” (Kathryn Schulz, New York) to this tale of psychological strategy that is rife with cunning, danger, and moments of high farce that rival anything in Catch-22.

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Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Margalit Fox
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-01 - Publisher: Random House

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Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Herman Melville
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-12-18 - Publisher: Modern Library

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The Confidence Man in American Literature
Language: en
Pages: 319
Authors: Gary H. Lindberg
Categories: American prose literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1982 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Herman Melville
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-04-01 - Publisher: Tark Classic Fiction

His cheek was fair, his chin downy, his hair flaxen, his hat a white fur one, with a long fleecy nap. He had neither trunk, valise, carpet-bag, nor parcel. No porter followed him. He was unaccompanied by friends. From the shrugged shoulders, titters, whispers, wonderings of the crowd, it was
The Big Con
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: David Maurer
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-08-31 - Publisher: Random House

'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

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