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.