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Unlike the other recently released book about money and markets being reviewed in this issue, Confidence Games is not a protest against the erosion of meanings and values in today's society.
Basically, Confidence Games announces the new development and warns us not to resist it.
16] These incidents of early modern con-artistry suggest that fairy beliefs were still tenable well into the seventeenth century; more importantly, for my purposes, the gulls in these confidence games demonstrate how one might attempt to superimpose the precapitalist economic relations implicit in traditional fairylore on a market society.
These criminals ply their trades, primarily prostitution and confidence games, on unsuspecting victims.
Confidence games and bad checks, except forgeries and counterfeiting, are included.