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But the mere fact that local councilmen and assemblymen seemed to be tripping over each other to praise Resorts World Casino New York City president Michael Speller was indicative to me of the same zeitgeist shift that Suskind recounted in Confidence Men.
7) Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870 (New Haven: Yale Univ.
From that stance it is but a short step to labeling the people carrying out those acts as criminals and then to viewing them as modem confidence men - presenting themselves as honest citizens while violating the law.
This vigorous, politically charged interpretation casts the common people as reasonable actors in their own affairs rather than as the dupes of demagogues and confidence men.
Next arrived Sir Epicure Mammon, a greedy and lecherous knight, with his friend Pertinax Surly, a man versed in the ways of London confidence men.
More than 30 years ago, he was known as one of the world's most famous confidence men, cashing $2.
Gilfoyle explores the sordid world of New York's grifters and confidence men as well as their complex relationship with the city's corrupt municipal police.
The ranks of Washington lobbyists include some of the world's greatest confidence men.
As confidence men, they display body parts--a palsied hand, a drooping eye, a food-dribbled chin--to prove Volpone's illness and win tributes of wealth from would-be heirs.
Mizner and Paul Armstrong managed to compose two more plays, The Deep Purple (1910) and The Greyhound (1912), the former about city criminals, the latter about confidence men on an ocean liner.
More than 35 years ago, he was known as one of the world's most famous confidence men, as depicted in his best-selling book Catch Me if You Can.
By 1900, ordinary men and women no longer merely feared falling victim to confidence men, speculative ventures, business failures, and false reports; they also feared the stigma of being seen as standing still in a society where striving had become a moral obligation