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Old West swindlers

Author: Laurence J Yadon; Robert B Smith
Publisher: Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub. Co., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Drawing attention to the role of America's bunco artists in the making of the American West, this well-documented history features a collection of sham transactions and fraudulent practices that would have made Charles Ponzi and Bernard "Bernie" Madoff blush.
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence J Yadon; Robert B Smith
ISBN: 9781589808638 1589808630
OCLC Number: 659769803
Description: 303 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue: slick cons and smooth grifters --
Doc Baggs and some kindred spirits --
Elmer Mead: master of the magic wallet --
Relentless: the odyssey of J. Frank Norfleet --
Soapy Smith: the soap man cometh --
Lou Blonger: the king of Denver --
Dr. John Romulus Brinkley: the rejuvenator --
Patrick Henry: the Yazoo land grabber --
P.T. Barnum: godfather of the frontier swindlers --
James Addison Reavis: perchance to dream --
Philip Arnold: the diamond king and other mining grifters --
Dr. Richard C. Flower: a scandal at Spenazuma --
Albert Fall: the art of the bribe.
Responsibility: by Laurence J. Yadon and Robert Barr Smith.

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Drawing attention to the role of America's bunco artists in the making of the American West, this well-documented history features a collection of sham transactions and fraudulent practices that would have made Charles Ponzi and Bernard "Bernie" Madoff blush.

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