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Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion

Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion

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 six hundred and forty-seven 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 upwards of $40,000 by telling people she was Andrew Carnegie’s illegitimate daughter.

In the 1900s, a 40something woman named Margaret Lydia Burton embezzled money all over the country and stole upwards of forty 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?

Titulo:Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780062956033
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Acerca de Tori Telfer

Tori Telfer is a freelance writer who is a) inconsolable at her lack of skateboarding skills, b) obsessed with talking about serial killers at dinner parties, and c) has been published in and around the world wide web on topics from Johnny Depp impersonators to vengeful cowboys in frontier America. Her first book,


    Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion Comentarios

  • Diana N.

    These confident women used their confidence to con others. With all the glitz and glamor, who wouldn't take them at their word. What I liked about this book is that it looked at con women from all dif...

  • Jeanette

    3.5 stars rounded up for the way they were grouped. They were put into categories by nomenclature which cores the personalities and methods of their lives. Most were psychologically quite accurate too...

  • Sydney

    I loved Tori Telfer's first book "Lady Killers" and this one was just as amazing! Telfer covers a variety of cases involving women from the 1700s to just a few years ago. There’s a chapter on the re...

  • Never Without a Book

    People a very complicated beings, the lengths some will go to get what they want is mind blowing. Tori Telfer did an amazing job finding these unknown stories. I specifically was interested in reading...

  • Carla Harlin

    Fascinating! That's the first word that comes to my mind when I think of this book. As you read about all these con-women from different times, their crafty schemes, and luck, you get through a roller...

  • chan

    3 / 5 starsI can't say I will remember a lot of details about these women - to be honest, I already had trouble remembering who was who while reading the acknowledgments - but I also can't say I didn'...

  • Laura Peden

    I really enjoyed this! I was a bit skeptical bc I didn’t love Lady Killers. Confident Women takes on infamous con women throughout History & I found it fascinating. My favorite was Roxie Ann Rice. I...

  • laura likes lit ?

    My FBI Agent watching me put this book on my TBR: 🧍🏻‍♀️...

  • Kales

    I liked this way more than LADY KILLERS. There was something fascinating, like Telfer pointed out, about conwomen. It's something glamorous and we're jealous that they "got away with it". I also saw s...

  • Kirsty Mcdougall

    I didn’t not enjoy this book despite the star rating. I just felt that there was a missed opportunity to explore why these women should fascinate us. For many, they were responding and surviving in ...

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