Join Chicago author Miles Harvey for a conversation on his new book, The King Of Confidence: A Tale Of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, And The Murder Of An American Monarch, which digs into the strange and largely unknown story of James Strang and the singular moment in antebellum America that allowed him--and the new breed of “confidence men”--to thrive.
The Confidence Man was a uniquely American invention in the 19th century. When Europeans and "Old Money" were interested in investing in the bold new enterprises of a new country, tricksters used tall tales and slick talk to part them from their cash.
Miles Harvey is the author of the national and international bestseller The Island of Lost Maps and the recipient of a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship. His book Painter in A Savage Land was named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year. He teaches at DePaul University.
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