Con Artists and Liars: Further Reading

May 01, 2023 by Alan Prendergast

"Lies were the foundation of my schemes. A lie is an allurement, a fabrication, that can be embellished into a fantasy. It can be clothed in the raiments of a mystic conception." 

So declares J.R. Weil, alias the Yellow Kid, in his classic memoir Con Man. The literature of con artistry, ancient and modern, is vast. Asked to come up with five titles for further reading, I had to be ruthless in winnowing the field to a few works of nonfiction that made a great impression on me. Here's my top contenders for "The Best Books About Con Artists, Swindlers, and Other Big Fat Liars." Feel free to supplement with your own favorites.