Our very own Joshua Jay could not put this book down once he started reading it. The Confidence Men is the captivating true story of how two World War I prisoners used their magic and mentalism skills, as well as their keen understanding of psychology and deception, to pull off quite possibly the most ingenious escape of all time.
Vanishing Inc. is so thrilled to have an exclusive opportunity to bring this book to you. The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and NPR, and was a finalist for the Edgar® Award.
Like a real-life movie, the story of The Confidence Men is a gripping nonfiction thriller that follows one of the only known con games that was played for a good cause. Two unlikely friends, an Oxford-educated son of a British lord and a mechanic on an Australian sheep ranch, formed a powerful emotional and intellectual alliance that saved both of their lives.
This story finds two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill joining forces in a Turkish POW camp during World War I. Brought together by the pain, loneliness, hunger, and isolation of “The Great War” after surviving a brutal two-month forced march and terrifying desert shootout, the two decided to join forces to deceive their captors.
After faking elaborate séances with a makeshift Ouija board to fellow prisoners, word started to spread that Jones could contact the dead. This lead an Ottoman official to approach him in an attempt to use the spirit world to find a vast treasure rumored to be buried nearby. Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use the Ouija board to build a trap for their captors that will ultimately lead them to freedom. You won’t be able to pull yourself away from this tale of psychological strategy that is rife with cunning, danger, and moments of high farce.
“Fox unspools Jones and Hill’s delightfully elaborate scheme in nail-biting episodes that advance like a narrative Rube Goldberg machine.” The New York Times Book Review
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Paperback | 352 Pages