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  • Confident Women

  • Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion
  • Auteur(s): Tori Telfer
  • Narrateur(s): Jaime Lamchick
  • Durée: 7 h et 58 min
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (9 évaluations)

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Confident Women

Auteur(s): Tori Telfer
Narrateur(s): Jaime Lamchick
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A thoroughly entertaining and darkly humorous roundup of history’s notorious but often forgotten female con artists and their bold, outrageous scams - by the acclaimed author of Lady Killers.

From Elizabeth Holmes and Anna Delvey to Frank Abagnale and Charles Ponzi, audacious scams and charismatic scammers continue to intrigue us as a culture. As Tori Telfer reveals in Confident Women, the art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and its female practitioners are some of the best - or worst.

In the 1700s in Paris, Jeanne de Saint-Rémy scammed the royal jewelers out of a necklace made from 647 diamonds by pretending she was best friends with Queen Marie Antoinette.

In the mid-1800s, sisters Kate and Maggie Fox began pretending they could speak to spirits and accidentally started a religious movement that was soon crawling with female con artists. A gal calling herself Loreta Janeta Velasquez claimed to be a soldier and convinced people she worked for the Confederacy - or the Union, depending on who she was talking to. Meanwhile, Cassie Chadwick was forging paperwork and getting banks to loan her upward of $40,000 by telling people she was Andrew Carnegie’s illegitimate daughter.

In the 1900s, a 40-something woman named Margaret Lydia Burton embezzled money all over the country and stole upward of 40 prized show dogs, while a few decades later, a teenager named Roxie Ann Rice scammed the entire NFL. And since the death of the Romanovs, women claiming to be Anastasia have been selling their stories to magazines. What about today? Spoiler alert: These “artists” are still conning.

Confident Women asks the provocative question: Where does chutzpah intersect with a uniquely female pathology - and how were these notorious women able to so spectacularly dupe and swindle their victims?

©2021 Tori Telfe (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
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So incredibly fascinating!

I chose to enjoy this one on audio, and it was the exact kind of interesting storytelling to keep me coming back on every free moment I had!

I love a good grifter story, I find them SO fascinating, and this book based completely on the female grifters through the generations is just the exact kind of absorbing content that I can't get enough of.

This is perfect for summer - light and easy and perfect for when you need something to pick up at random.

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AMAZING

I was hooked after the first sentence. After reading Lady Killers from Tori Telfer, I knew I just had to check this book out too and I was not disappointed! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT

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