The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time carefully and systematically analyzes how con artists manipulate their preys. The author interleaves stories of deceptions, from fortune tellers to Bernie Madoff, with descriptions of the psychological mechanisms deployed by hucksters. Despite all the evidence that cons exploit the very instincts that normally protect us, it’s still mind-boggling that people will hand over vast sums of money to people whose credentials are obviously off. Well written and easy to follow.