The long and lucrative career of a master ""con man"", a fascinating story which gains nothing in the manner of its telling. Weil pursued his career for the adventure rather than the desire to make money dishonestly; his basic assumption is claimed to be that he took money only from those who could afford it (he made some $8,000,000!). This records a variety of swindles, including horse racing and stock selling schemes, counterfeiting, gambling, mining rackets and so on. He did some short stretches in jail- but escaped most of his punishment because his victims were also involved. An unusual sort of success story!