Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married

by Abby Ellin


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ISBN-13: 9781610398008
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 76,303
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Abby Ellin is an award-winning journalist and the author of Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In On Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help. For five years she wrote the "Preludes" column about young people and money for the Sunday Money and Business section of the New York Times. She is also a regular contributor to the Health, Style, Business and Education sections of the New York Times. Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, New York, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Psychology Today, Time, Newsweek, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, Salon, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Spy (RIP). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. As of this writing, her greatest accomplishments are summiting Kilimanjaro (with a broken wrist!) and naming "Karamel Sutra" ice cream for Ben and Jerry's.

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Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shelly9677 3 days ago
Surprisingly captivating! This book had me turning the pages well after midnight and well after my eyes wanted to close. The author tells the stories of duplicitous individuals in a fascinating and engaging manner. I was hooked form page one. I appreciated the scientific anecdotes alongside the enthralling narratives. Five stars.
Jane Adams 4 days ago
A compulsively well written cautionary tale of duplicity by a journalist who was conned and betrayed by a man who wasn't who he said he was, Abby Ellin confesses at the start what all women who find themselves the victim of similar circumstances eventually realize - they trusted the wrong man and they should have known better. She tells her tale with honesty, verve and style - it's easy to understand why she took the man she calls the Commander at his word; after all, she google him, and nothing that turned up in her cursory background search alerted her. At least, not enough to dissuade her from following her heart, and him, to another city, or check up on him any further. While the authors own story sets up the template for many of the other instances she relates of people who've been duped or betrayed or swindled, it's her own that's the most interesting because she's the one the reader knows best: It's easier to care about the singular than the plural. Still, Ellin marshals enough statistics, references and case histories to make her case, which is that being victimized by a liar, especially in matters of the heart, is not an uncommon experience, and that it damaged one's sense of self ever after.