Reviews for The Confidence Game: The Psychology of the Con and Why We Fall for It Every Time, by Maria Konnikova

robram's review
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4.0

Fascinating and enjoyable read. A really insightful look into our own psychology, peppered with great real-life cons and the research that proves that we are all programmed to react in a similar way - no matter how clever we think we are.

akhiluk's review
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3.0

Maria Konnikova takes readers on a deep dive into how our own brains, fine-tuned over millennia to survive, can leave us vulnerable to suggestion and deception. Over the course of the book, as every step of the con is laid out, we realize how perceptive con men are. We learn how they take in every fine detail about their victims, to present an idea, not as a con, but as the truth, hope and good luck.

Yes, the book does get slow at times, and can feel like a drag, but it does its job, and does it well: highlighting how our very human need to believe - believe in something - offers the perfect playing ground for con men to prevail.

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