Son of a Gambling Man

Son of a Gambling Man
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Author: Bob Miller
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781250012463
Release: 2013-03-12
Editor: Macmillan

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who's seen two sides of every coin When Bob Miller arrived in Las Vegas as a boy, it was a small, dusty city, a far cry from the glamorous, exciting place it is today. Driving the family car was his father Ross Miller, a tough guy—though a good family man—who had operated on both sides of the law on some of the meaner streets of industrial Chicago. The Miller family was as close and as warm as "Ozzie and Harriet," as long as you knew that Ozzie was a bookmaker and a business acquaintance of some very dubious criminal types. As Bob grew up, so did Vegas, now a "town" of some two million. Ross Miller became a respectable businessman and partner in a major casino, though he was still capable of settling a score with his fists. And Bob went on to law school, entering law enforcement and eventually becoming a popular governor of Nevada, holding office longer than anybody in the state's history. And the Miller family's legacy continues. Bob's own son is presently serving as Secretary of State. A warm family memoir, the story of a city heir, with just a little bit of The Godfather and Casino thrown in for spice, Son of a Gambling Man is a unique and thoroughly memorable story.

Son of the Gamblin Man

Son of the Gamblin  Man
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Author: Mari Sandoz
Pages: 333
ISBN: 080325833X
Release: 1976-01-01
Editor: U of Nebraska Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Based on the lives of John J. Cozad and Robert Henri.

A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man
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Author: Jenny Uglow
Pages: 592
ISBN: 9780571255535
Release: 2009-11-05
Editor: Faber & Faber

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Charles II was thirty when he crossed the Channel in fine May weather in 1660. His Restoration was greeted with maypoles and bonfires, like spring after long years of Cromwell's rule. But there was no going back, no way he could 'restore' the old. Certainty had vanished. The divinity of kingship fled with his father's beheading. 'Honour' was now a word tossed around in duels. 'Providence' could no longer be trusted. As the country was rocked by plague, fire and war, people searched for new ideas by which to live. Exactly ten years later Charles II would stand again on the shore at Dover, laying the greatest bet of his life in a secret deal with his cousin, Louis XIV. The Restoration decade was one of experiment: from the science of the Royal Society to the startling role of credit and risk, from the shocking licence of the court to the failed attempts at toleration of different beliefs. Negotiating all these, Charles II, the 'slippery sovereign', played odds and took chances, dissembling and manipulating his followers. The theatres were restored, but the king was the supreme actor. Yet while his grandeur, his court and his colourful sex life were on display, his true intentions lay hidden. A Gambling Man is a portrait of Charles II, exploring his elusive nature through the lens of these ten vital years - and a portrait of a vibrant, violent, pulsing world, racked with plague, fire and war, in which the risks the king took forged the fate of the nation, on the brink of the modern world.

Gambling Man

Gambling Man
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Author: Clifton Adams
Pages: 240
ISBN: 1785418580
Release: 2020-09
Editor: Sagebrush Large Print

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Jeff Blaine has been raised in Plainsville by his Aunt Beulah and Uncle Wirt from a baby, after his mother died in childbirth and his father Nate blew out of town. Twelve years later Nate returns, looking for a rest and a reconciliation with the son he never knew. But Nate's a gambler and a hellraiser - and upon learning that Jeff is following in his footsteps, Beulah spreads a simple but poisonous lie that ensures he disappears again, wanted for robbery and murder. When Jeff, now a young man, discovers his aunt's treachery, he vows never to forgive her. Then an old comrade of his pa's brings news: Nate is in Mexico, running from a firing squad. The only thing that will save him is five thousand dollars. And the only way to get it is by robbing a bank...

The Gambling Man

The Gambling Man
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Author: Catherine Cookson
Pages: 316
ISBN: 0552104507
Release: 1982-12-18
Editor: Bantam Books

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Titanic Thompson The Man Who Bet on Everything

Titanic Thompson  The Man Who Bet on Everything
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Author: Kevin Cook
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780393071153
Release: 2010-11-22
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Recounts the colorful life of the gambler-hero who became the inspiration for Guys and Dolls's Sky Masterson, from his pre-PGA golf prowess to trading card tricks with Houdini, conning Al Capone and losing a million dollars to Minnesota Fats.

The Life Lies and Legend of a GAMBLING MAN

The Life Lies and Legend of a GAMBLING MAN
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Author: Anita Waggoner
Pages: 275
ISBN: 1705556507
Release: 2019-11-04
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Life Lies and Legend of a Gambling Man is a story about a ruthless gambler, the son of Russian immigrants, who commits a serious crime in the early fifties and escapes South Carolina by hopping a freight train leaving his wife and newborn daughter behind. Alex changes his name to avoid the law and makes a living playing poker and betting at horse and dog tracks as he travels cross country living the life of a hobo. The train eventually takes him to Chicago where he goes to work for the Mob. When he's arrested for a petty crime, he becomes an informant for the FBI. He becomes a gangster and stashes money that he steals from the Chicago Mob. When the heat is on, he catches the next train out of town. The gambling man's adventures eventually take him to Las Vegas where he plays poker and cheats at the crap tables. His winnings allow him to accumulate a lot of money and he buys a casino. Alex Sutherland amasses fortunes in the gambling world.He designs a one of a kind gaming system that he believes will change the way people gamble around the world. He's in trouble when he turns the idea over to a shyster lawyer named Harry Castaneda.Ellie, the daughter he leaves behind grows up and goes to law school. Alex reaches out to her when she becomes an adult and they reunite. Ellie moves to Las Vegas to help Alex with his gaming ventures. The story tells some of the history of Vegas gambling from the 1950's to the present. Once in control of Alex's affairs, Ellie advances Alex's empire to include poker tournaments and online gaming.The Life Lies and Legend of a Gambling Man covers some of the mob's involvement in the early days in Las Vegas and introduces the reader to the new day online gaming industry, covering many topics and issues that face the gaming world today. The book is based on both fact and fictional information gathered by the author Anita Waggoner over a time period when she was invested in a similar gaming venture. The book is well written and holds your attention. Anita has a way of bringing her characters to life. Mature readers of both sexes will enjoy this book.

Daylight

Daylight
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Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781538761687
Release: 2020-11-17
Editor: Grand Central Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this gripping mystery, an FBI Agent’s search for her sister clashes with a military investigator's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy—from which neither of them will escape unscathed. For many long years, Atlee Pine was tormented by uncertainty after her twin sister, Mercy, was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Now, just as Atlee is pressured to end her investigation into Mercy's disappearance, she finally gets her most promising breakthrough yet: the identity of her sister's kidnapper, Ito Vincenzo. With time running out, Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum race to Vincenzo's last known location in Trenton, New Jersey—and unknowingly stumble straight into John Puller's case, blowing his arrest during a drug ring investigation involving a military installation. Stunningly, Pine and Puller's joint investigation uncovers a connection between Vincenzo's family and a breathtaking scheme that strikes at the very heart of global democracy. Peeling back the layers of deceit, lies and cover-ups, Atlee finally discovers the truth about what happened to Mercy. And that truth will shock Pine to her very core.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
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Author: Roald Dahl
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781101652954
Release: 2000-05-22
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Seven superb short stories from the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A cleaver mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins. "All the tales are entrancing inventions." —Publishers Weekly

The Man who Invented Las Vegas

The Man who Invented Las Vegas
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Author: W. R. Wilkerson
Pages: 160
ISBN: 0967664306
Release: 2000-01-01
Editor: Ciros Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In 1946, two men battled for power in Las Vegas. Bugsy Siegel stole Billy Wilkerson's dream of a luxury hotel in the desert, and died in a hail of bullets. Although Billy lived on for many years, he never spoke of the man some believe was murdered for stealing his dream. Now, in this compelling First Edition, Billy's son uncovers the secrets behind the Flamingo Hotel and the death of Bugsy Siegel.

A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man
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Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781538719664
Release: 2021-04-20
Editor: Grand Central Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran fresh out of prison, returns in this riveting new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci. The 1950s are on the horizon, and Archer is in dire need of a fresh start after a nearly fatal detour in Poca City. So Archer hops on a bus and begins the long journey out west to California, where rumor has it there is money to be made if you’re hard-working, lucky, criminal—or all three. Along the way, Archer stops in Reno, where a stroke of fortune delivers him a wad of cash and an eye-popping blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible—plus a companion for the final leg of the journey, an aspiring actress named Liberty Callahan who is planning to try her luck in Hollywood. But when the two arrive in Bay Town, California, Archer quickly discovers that the hordes of people who flocked there seeking fame and fortune landed in a false paradise that instead caters to their worst addictions and fears. Archer’s first stop is a P.I. office where he is hoping to apprentice with a legendary private eye and former FBI agent named Willie Dash. He lands the job, and immediately finds himself in the thick of a potential scandal: a blackmail case involving a wealthy well-connected politician running for mayor that soon spins into something even more sinister. As bodies begin falling, Archer and Dash must infiltrate the world of brothels, gambling dens, drug operations, and long-hidden secrets, descending into the rotten bones of a corrupt town that is selling itself as the promised land—but might actually be the road to perdition, and Archer’s final resting place.

A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man
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Author: Jenny Uglow
Pages: 592
ISBN: 9780571255535
Release: 2009-11-05
Editor: Faber & Faber

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Charles II was thirty when he crossed the Channel in fine May weather in 1660. His Restoration was greeted with maypoles and bonfires, like spring after long years of Cromwell's rule. But there was no going back, no way he could 'restore' the old. Certainty had vanished. The divinity of kingship fled with his father's beheading. 'Honour' was now a word tossed around in duels. 'Providence' could no longer be trusted. As the country was rocked by plague, fire and war, people searched for new ideas by which to live. Exactly ten years later Charles II would stand again on the shore at Dover, laying the greatest bet of his life in a secret deal with his cousin, Louis XIV. The Restoration decade was one of experiment: from the science of the Royal Society to the startling role of credit and risk, from the shocking licence of the court to the failed attempts at toleration of different beliefs. Negotiating all these, Charles II, the 'slippery sovereign', played odds and took chances, dissembling and manipulating his followers. The theatres were restored, but the king was the supreme actor. Yet while his grandeur, his court and his colourful sex life were on display, his true intentions lay hidden. A Gambling Man is a portrait of Charles II, exploring his elusive nature through the lens of these ten vital years - and a portrait of a vibrant, violent, pulsing world, racked with plague, fire and war, in which the risks the king took forged the fate of the nation, on the brink of the modern world.

Savage Son

Savage Son
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Author: Jack Carr
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781982123727
Release: 2020-04-14
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER “A great book...it’s f*cking riveting!” —Joe Rogan ​​“Take my word for it, James Reece is one rowdy motherf***er. Get ready!”—Chris Pratt, star of The Terminal List, coming to Amazon Prime “A rare gut-punch writer, full of grit and insight, who we will be happily reading for years to come.” —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series In this third high-octane thriller in the “seriously good” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author) Terminal List series, former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. Deep in the wilds of Siberia, a woman is on the run, pursued by a man harboring secrets—a man intent on killing her. A traitorous CIA officer has found refuge with the Russian mafia with designs on ensuring a certain former Navy SEAL sniper is put in the ground. Half a world away, James Reece is recovering from brain surgery in the Montana wilderness, slowly putting his life back together with the help of investigative journalist Katie Buranek and his longtime friend and SEAL teammate Raife Hastings. Unbeknownst to them, the Russian mafia has set their sights on Reece in a deadly game of cat and mouse. In his most visceral and heart-pounding thriller yet, Jack Carr explores the darkest instincts of humanity through the eyes of a man who has seen both the best and the worst of it.

Born to Lose

Born to Lose
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Author: Bill Lee
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781616491345
Release: 2011-02-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A gripping, true story of one man’s forty-year struggle with compulsive gambling and his hard-won recovery. "My history of gambling really began before I was born." So opens Born to Lose, Bill Lee's self-told story of gambling addiction, set in San Francisco's Chinatown and steeped in a culture where it is not unheard of for gamblers (Lee's grandfather included) to lose their children to a bet. From wagering away his beloved baseball card collection as a youngster to forfeiting everything he owned at black jack tables in Las Vegas, Lee describes what gambling addiction feels like from the inside and how recovery is possible through the Twelve Step program.

To Live

To Live
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Author: Yu Hua
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307429797
Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Anchor

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From the author of Brothers and China in Ten Words: this celebrated contemporary classic of Chinese literature was also adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation’s most influential books, portrays one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family’s fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of gritty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

The Son

The Son
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Author: Jo Nesbo
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780345814395
Release: 2014-05-13
Editor: Random House Canada

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A brand new thriller from #1 internationally bestselling crime author Jo Nesbo, which sees a charismatic young prisoner escaping jail to find out the truth about his father's death. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates at Oslo jail, and absolves them of their sins. Some people even whisper that Sonny is serving time for someone else: that he doesn't just listen, he confesses to their crimes. Inspector Simon Kefas is a dedicated police officer. Simon has worked for the Oslo police force for years. He's just been assigned a new murder investigation and a new partner, all on the same day. Both of them knew Sonny's father. To Sonny he was the man he idolised, to Kirk he was his best friend. Both were devastated when his corruption was revealed. But neither of them knew the truth.

Oscar and Lucinda

Oscar and Lucinda
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Author: Peter Carey
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9780571267132
Release: 2010-12-22
Editor: Faber & Faber

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Peter Carey's novel of the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love. Oscar and Lucinda is now available as a Faber Modern Classics edition.

Honest Sid

Honest Sid
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Author: Ronald Probstein
Pages: 296
ISBN: 1490981780
Release: 2013-07-17
Editor: Createspace Independent Pub

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

If you're going to live outside the law, you'd better be honest. This seeming paradox was the operating principle of Sid Probstein's life. Guileless and endlessly optimistic, he was known as Honest Sid around his stomping ground of New York's Broadway. Sid wasn't a tough guy, or even a bad guy. He just never had the patience for the "straight" life, grinding out a living at some monotonous desk job. He was the quintessential American dreamer, always sure that the good life was just one big score away, a man who never stopped believing in his own good luck, even when the evidence said otherwise. He had all the tools, he was charming, good- looking, quick- witted and decent, but he had an obsession he couldn't escape. Honest Sid is the story of an American archetype as seen through the eyes of his son, Ronald, who loved him, and who almost lost him. It follows Sid's adventures in the world of bookies and bettors, fighters and fixers, players and suckers set against the often- romanticized backdrop of Depression- era New York. It is also the passionate tale of the great and tempestuous love between Sid and his wife Sally, and of his son Ronald whom he idolized.

Hey Son It s Ok To Not Be Ok

Hey Son  It   s Ok To Not Be Ok
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Author: Jeff Johnson
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781525550508
Release: 2020-03-01
Editor: FriesenPress

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Every man faces struggles, but few talk about it, especially with their sons. Afraid to appear weak or vulnerable, fathers tend to keep their fears and uncertainties bottled up inside while projecting an image of strength and resilience. Meanwhile, they secretly self-medicate in all sorts of ways— alcohol, food, affairs, and gambling—with many of them inadvertently blowing up their marriage, their family, and even their career in the process. At a certain point, every father who is living such a life needs to ask himself a key question: what sort of legacy is this emotionally stunted approach to life leaving for his son? If fathers don’t teach their sons how to deal with their feelings, who will? And if fathers don’t take the time required to find emotional healing and positive coping skills for themselves, how can they help their boys when trouble strikes? Jeff Johnson found himself in exactly this situation when he was in his early forties. The president of a thriving family-owned company, by all outward appearances, he was a success. But inside, he was dying due to issues with depression, anxiety and ruminating. Jeff found himself unable to express how he was feeling, choosing to self-medicate, be dishonest, shut down and being unavailable emotionally. Sensing things were reaching a breaking point, he finally found the courage to come clean about what was going on. The result was a watershed of healing, forgiveness, and hope as he worked through his depression and dealt with his grief over how his hidden emotional struggles impacted his relationships with his wife and children. This book is the result of Jeff’s healing process. Though he doesn’t claim to be an expert, he offers his story and what he’s learned along the way to encourage and equip other fathers to deal with their emotional struggles in a positive way. Most importantly, he encourages fathers to share their story— their entire story, the good, the bad, and the ugly—with their sons to reassure them that it’s okay to admit they’re struggling. In fact, the worst thing they can do is try to hide it.

Beautiful Disaster Signed Limited Edition

Beautiful Disaster Signed Limited Edition
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Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781476719078
Release: 2012-11-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Travis Maddox, Eastern University's playboy, makes a bet with good girl Abby that if he loses, he will remain abstinent for a month, but if he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.