Maria Konnikova

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Hitting the New York Times bestseller list!

February 25, 2016

It’s always the dream: that a book hits the list, becoming a New York Times bestseller. I am beyond thrilled that this very thing happened to The Confidence Game. It would not have been possible without all of you, my wonderful readers. So: thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

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And a huge thank you to the wonderful Canadian readers who vaulted The Confidence Game onto the Canadian bestseller list, for two weeks running.

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  1. […] Confidence Game hits the New York Times bestseller list! Lots of rejoicing takes […]

  2. Benjamin Hamilton says:

    Very curious about a subtle point. I saw Maria Konnikova on Charlie Rose and she said that con artists get us to give them our confidence. But I saw a movie once that said the name “confidence game” is derived from the fact that the con artists give us their confidence. In other words they let us in on a secret that is supposed to make a lot of money in a short period of time. Their success is based partly on the idea that people will believe anything if you whisper it. This would also imply that a lot of scams that are called confidence games do not technically fit the definition. Is there a difference between the two points of view, and if so which do you believe to be the origin of the term “confidence game”?

  3. Oleg says:

    Maria, you are probably aware Amazon mixes up reviews of your book with the other book that has the same titile. Unfortunately the other book is terrible and bad review scores bring your own book score down significanlty. You may want to have Amazon fix this issue ASAP.

    BTW – congrats on your Bill Maher interview, it was enightening! Thank you for helping me understand where Trump popularity is coming from. Con artist indeed.

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