Found this book at the library and thought I'd read it to understand the 2016 Presidential election cycle. It's been useful in that regard.
The author arranges the chapters in the way she defines the structure of a confidence game. Each chapter explores the progressive steps in the con: Put-up, play, rope, tale, convincer, breakdown, send, touch, blow-off, and fix. You can play along until Election Day 2016 by identifying each step of at least one candidate's confidence game as he/she strings the public along.
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It… Every Time by Maria Konnikova