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Confident Women

Author: Tori Telfer.

Confident Women

Author: Tori Telfer.

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Item #: D14073
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: HarperPerennial
ISBN: 9780062956033
The art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and its female practitioners are some of the best—or worst. Surveying three centuries of imposture, Tori Telfer introduces the Fox sisters, frauds who sparked a spiritualist revival; an embezzler who stole 40 prized show dogs; and the woman who scammed France's royal jewelers out of a necklace made from ... More
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The art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and its female practitioners are some of the best—or worst. Surveying three centuries of imposture, Tori Telfer introduces the Fox sisters, frauds who sparked a spiritualist revival; an embezzler who stole 40 prized show dogs; and the woman who scammed France's royal jewelers out of a necklace made from 647 diamonds by pretending she was best friends with Queen Marie Antoinette. Here too are ladies pretending to be a Civil War soldier; Andrew Carnegie's illegitimate daughter; or the Russian Princess, Anastasia. Telfer also asks, where does chutzpah intersect with a uniquely female pathology—and how were these notorious women able to dupe and swindle their victims?


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