“At this political moment, few books could be more timely than Fraud. . . . Balleisen’s book provides a far more sweeping view than its predecessors, offering a much-needed big-picture perspective. . . . [R]ollicking and engaging. . . . Its moral seems to be that Americans are fools, led to economic ruin by their own credulity, again and again and again.”
—Brooke Harrington, TheAtlantic.com
“Well-written and deeply researched.”
—Tyler Cowen, Times Literary Supplement
“A fascinating, gripping, two-hundred-year history of fraud . . . the reaction to it and the cost to American livelihoods.”
"Edward J. Balleisen, Winner of the 2018 Harold F. Williamson Prize, Business History Conference"
“Balleisen argues that fraud has been a central figure of our freewheeling economy from the start, making it hard to tell scams from legitimate businesses and hard to tell aggressive sales tactics from outright deception.”
—Carina Chocano, New York Times Magazine
"Winner of the 2018 Ralph Gomory Prize, Business History Conference"