Visionary or villain? Huckster or victim of a government conspiracy? These are the lingering questions author Steve Lehto tackles more than a half-century after Preston Tucker’s bid to build a revolutionary car for post-war Americans ended in bankruptcy and recrimination.
In 1883 Alexander Sullivan, the Chicago-based leader of the extremist group Clan na Gael, sent a young Irishman across the Atlantic to London. Thomas Clarke’s mission was to bomb the Houses of Parliament as part of a campaign to win Irish independence by force.
The Confidence Game is a revealing and engrossing primer on how con artists work and why we’re such suckers. But for all the insights Konnikova offers, fraudsters will continue to separate fools from their money (she refers to the confidence game as “the (real) oldest profession”) because our ingrained trust and gullibility make us easy prey for the right scam.