Confident women : swindlers, grifters, and shapeshifters of the feminine persuasion / Tori Telfer
Book | Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers | 2021 | First edition.
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First edition.
xiv, 336 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-36).
Introduction: Charming -- The glitterati. Jeanne de Saint-Rémy ; Cassie Chadwick ; Wang Ti -- The seers. The spiritualists ; Fu Futtam ; Rose Marks -- The fabulists. The Anastasias ; Roxie Ann Rice ; The tragediennes ; Bonny Lee Bakley -- The drifters. Lauretta J. Williams ; Margaret Lydia Burton Sante Kimes -- Conclusion: Confident.
"Why do we love stories about scammers so much? Journalist Tori Telfer dives into the stories of historical female con women and explains why we are so enamored by their scams"-- Provided by publisher.
The art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and its female practitioners are some of the best-- or worst. Telfer introduces us to a host of lady swindlers whose scams ranged from the outrageous to the deadly. Among them: In 1700s Paris, Jeanne de Saint-Rémy scammed the royal jewelers out of a necklace made from six hundred and forty-seven diamonds by pretending she was best friends with Queen Marie Antoinette. Cassie Chadwick got banks to loan her upwards of $40,000 by telling people she was Andrew Carnegie's illegitimate daughter. In the 1970s teenager Roxie Ann Rice scammed the entire NFL. And the scams continue.... -- adapted from jacket
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Online version: Telfer, Tori, Confident women New York : HarperCollins, 2021. 9780062956040 (DLC) 2020025857
9780062956033 (paperback)
0062956035 (paperback)
9780063065130 (library edition)
0063065134 l(ibrary edition)
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