In today’s lightning-quick, smart-screen world, most of us are walking around unthinking, asleep and lost in routine. But today, leading neuroscientists, psychologists, and social scientists are mapping how the brain actually works — its strengths, weaknesses, biases and quirks. Maria Konnikova is translating insights from the frontiers of the mind into imminently readable, perspective-changing prose — both in her New Yorker blog and in her New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It … Every Time, is a compelling investigation into the minds, motives and methods of con artists. It is a careful, nuanced study of the art of persuasion and deception.