The Confidence Game:
Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
Writer and journalist Maria Konnikova tour through the stages of the confidence game and finds that most people have an optimistic bias making them susceptible to getting conned. This is more of an entertaining romp through various scams than scholarly political or psychological analysis. She keeps our attention by weaving in some of the great cons and confidence men and women of history. Her entertaining writing makes the book hard to put down as we learn how various cons work and why we continually fall for them. The current political scene makes her work especially relevant. Those looking for deep science or philosophy, look elsewhere. Those looking for light entertainment and an engaging read, buy this book.