The New York City landscape plays an important role in the con game, though its part can be latent and passive. Con artists and hustlers use busy transportation hubs (such as Union Sq. Times Sq. or Grand Central Station), crowded city streets, or in some cases, deserted side streets as part of their plots.
Part sociology and part psychology and always interesting history,The Con Men is a valuable tool in understanding how this small community, living in a gray market, manages to survive in a society that for the most part rejects and disdains them.
Credentials Professor, Stanford University
This terrific ethnography explains that cons and hustles are no longer the preserve of roguish proletarians in loud suits and painted ties. Everybody wants a bargain, and creative capitalism make mugs of us all.
Bold and illuminating….A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers.