Modern Swindles | Early 20th century Con-games, Frauds, and Fallacies | William Lange | Loren Pankratz
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William Lange published Moderner Schwindel in 1912 to warn German immigrants about the frauds and swindles they would encounter in America. A copy of this rare German book sat fallow in the library of Loren Pankratz until Heidi Shaw agreed to make a modern English translation. Lange's stories, it turns out, are delightfully entertaining and still relevant today. Pankratz has added attention-grabbing illustrations from other books on con-games from Lange’s era. An extensive introduction and copious footnotes further enhance these compelling examples of American deceptions.
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