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The Tricks of the Town: or, Ways and Means of getting Money   By: (fl. 1732)

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The Tricks of the Town: or, Ways and Means of getting Money by John Thomson provides readers with an intriguing and eye-opening exploration of the various methods individuals employ to accumulate wealth in urban settings. Thomson delves deep into the underbelly of the city, shedding light on the cunning tactics and unscrupulous schemes used by some to attain financial success.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is how Thomson presents a comprehensive analysis of the multifaceted strategies adopted by individuals navigating the cutthroat world of urban finance. From the seemingly innocent tricks used by street vendors to entice customers, to the covert manipulations employed by notorious con artists, the author offers an immersive and detailed examination of the tricks of the town.

What sets this book apart is Thomson's ability to present these tricks and methods without glorifying or endorsing them. Instead, he adopts a fair and impartial tone, providing readers with an unbiased understanding of the various strategies employed by the denizens of the town. His emphasis on presenting the information as an observer rather than a participant adds credibility to his work, making it a valuable resource for those curious about the darker side of urban life.

Thomson also highlights the consequences of such deceptive practices, both for the perpetrators and the unsuspecting victims. Through numerous anecdotes and case studies, he demonstrates how these tricks, if employed unethically or without moral compass, can have devastating impacts on individuals and communities. This reflection on the ethical implications of wealth accumulation adds depth and nuance to the narrative, making it more than just a compilation of tricks, but also a thought-provoking exploration of societal values.

Furthermore, the author's writing style is simple and accessible, allowing readers from various backgrounds to engage with the subject matter effortlessly. Thomson's use of vivid descriptions and storytelling techniques keeps readers engrossed throughout the book, making it an enjoyable and informative read.

However, a potential drawback of The Tricks of the Town is its narrow focus solely on urban environments. While the book is undoubtedly fascinating in dissecting the methods employed in cities, it fails to provide a broader perspective on wealth generation beyond these settings. As a result, individuals seeking a more comprehensive understanding of financial strategies from different contexts may find this book limited in its scope.

Overall, The Tricks of the Town: or, Ways and Means of getting Money offers an insightful and captivating exploration of the underworld of urban finance. John Thomson's impartial narration and emphasis on ethical considerations ensure readers gain a holistic understanding of the tricks employed to accumulate wealth. Despite its slight limitation in scope, this book serves as an eye-opening and thought-provoking read for those interested in delving into the darker side of city life and the pursuit of fortune.

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Transcriber's Note:

The original spelling and capitalization of the original book published in 1732 have been retained.







for getting MONEY .


The various LURES, WILES, and ARTIFICES, practised by the Designing and Crafty upon the Weak and Unwary, are fully exposed.

Recommended to the serious Perusal of all ADVENTURERS and SHARERS in Bubble Undertakings , the PURSUERS of Pennyworths , and Bargain Buyers .

Chiefly collected from some Papers of the Ingenious Mr. JOHN THOMSON, scattered between Laurence Pountney's Hill and Dover .


Printed for J. ROBERTS, near the Oxford Arms in Warwick Lane : And sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster . 1732. (Price One Shilling.)




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