The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts and Swindles in American History
Published 2016 by ABC-CLIO.
“Serious students and general readers like will marvel at fraudsters’ ingenuity and cringe at human gullibility (sometimes fed by greed). Consider for all public libraries.”—Library Journal
“[A] good overview and resource for public and academic libraries 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 Big Con is a big book, almost 400 pages, and as such, it is very authoritative, making it a great reference book to have for those who enjoy reading true crime, crime fiction, or who are born skeptics and get a certain “kick” out reading how easily people can be fooled.
Very readable The Big Con is one of those books that you can pick up and start reading anywhere. There is an extensive bibliography at the back for further reading suggestions. Mr Hendley has done sceptics a genuine courtesy by assembling the history of frauds, cons, scams and hoaxes into one beautiful volume.” –The Mirimachi Reader
The Mafia: A Guide to an American Subculture
Published 2013 by ABC-CLIO.
“This volume is well-researched and eminently readable.”—Booklist
“Entertaining and informative.”—American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
American Gangsters: Then and Now
Published 2009 by ABC-CLIO.
“…perfect for general audiences…Recommended for public libraries.” – Library Journal
“The writing in this compendium blazes with the glow of crime novels and gangbuster series while delivering loads of fascinating and gory details on American organized crime. . . . this quality work, which comes with full-text online access, fills a niche.” – School Library Journal
“The book is designed…for academic research on the background and life of gangster organizations.” – Library Media Connection
Gr 9 Up—The writing in this compendium blazes with the glow of crime novels and gangbuster series while delivering loads of fascinating and gory details on American organized crime. Though a few pieces discuss schemes (“Numbers Racket,” “Black Hand”) and criminal topics (“Drug Trade,” “Weapons”), most of Hendley’s 44 entries cover individuals or groups from pre-Civil War-era gangs such as the Dead Rabbits to present-day criminals such as MS 13. Each entry is cross-referenced where appropriate and comes with a further-reading list; most also include a black-and-white photo. Hendley includes a helpful two-and-a-half-page glossary and a useful 10-page bibliography of print and web resources. Students wanting to do serious research on many of these figures will need to go beyond some of the familiar periodical databases. Therefore, this quality work, which comes with full-text online access, fills a niche.—Herman Sutter, St. Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography
Published 2007 by Greenwood (now part of ABC-CLIO).
“Written for high school readers and up, this biography details the crimes of notorious outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, and examines both of their social, economic, and family backgrounds. Sources for more information on cars, guns, and American history are cited throughout, and web sites with often overlooked material on Bonnie and Clyde are listed. A timeline and a few B&W historical photos are included.” – Reference & Research Book News