College & Research Libraries Magazine Reviews “The Big Con”

By Nate Hendley


“[A] good overview and resource for public and academic libraries aimed at all levels of beginning students. Summing Up: Recommended. High school, community college, and undergraduate students; general readers.”—Choice magazine, Association of College & Research Libraries.

The Association of College & Research Libraries is a division of the American Library Association . Choice magazine can be read here.

As published by ABC-CLIO, The Big Con covers everything from financial fraud to online scams, dubious medical remedies and famous con artists. Profiled are the likes of Bernie Madoff, Charles Ponzi (from whose name we get the expression “Ponzi Scheme”), professional hoaxer Alan Abel and other colourful folks. I explore everything from Internet scams to “para-abnormal” fraud (learn how the Fox Sisters became superstars on the supernatural scene by secretly cracking their knuckles), to funeral fraud, malware, psychic surgery and “short” and “big” cons alike.

The Big Con is available through publisher ABC-CLIO, Amazon and Barnes and Noble among other outlets.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto writer and author of several books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website at offers more details about his professional and personal background).


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