This new book is a very good place to start learning about cons and how they work.  My only criticism is that I wish it had photos because Ms. Konnikova writes about so many real-life cons that it would be nice to have faces with names to keep everybody straight.  The chapters are long, and sometimes I felt overwhelmed with information.  So I broke up my reading, placing a few days between chapters, so I could absorb the information.

What makes the book uniquely helpful are all the psychological studies it cites, showing how cons exploit certain human tendencies in our perceptions and thought processes.  I found these even more interesting than the stories of  various cons ad crooks, which are very compelling as well.

Click here it visit the book’s page on the author’s website.