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"Cowboys Full" traces the story of poker from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe, through the back rooms of saloons and the parlors of U.S. presidents to its evolution as a global phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. It explains how poker, once dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. Along the way, James McManus examines the game's remarkable hold on American culture, seen in everything from Frederic Remington's paintings to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. "Cowboys Full "is raucous and fascinating, a lively, definitive history of the game that, more than any other, explains who we are and how we operate.

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McManus, a top-notch poker player himself, treats us to much more than the history of "the Cheating Game." Where else could we discover that Adolf Hitler was perpetually flatulent, or that the Manson family snapped photos of themselves posing next to a million dollars encased in Plexiglas at the Horseshoe Casino, the birthplace of the World Series of Poker? Yes, McManus traces the evolution of poque, poker's closest ancestor, introducing us to riverboat gamblers, Wild Bill Hickok, World War I cryptologist Herbert O. Yardley, and a slew of other colorful characters, tracing the game's spread from back rooms to television to the Internet. But he also takes us on a tour de force survey of American history, showing how poker has colored the styles of both presidents and military leaders. Therein lies the rub: most poker players would rather play it than read about its history, and many history buffs don't play poker. Verdict This well-researched and well-written book may not quite find a niche, which would be a shame because it's such a quality read.-Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L. , FL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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McManus, a top-notch poker player himself, treats us to much more than the history of "the Cheating Game." Where else could we discover that Adolf Hitler was perpetually flatulent, or that the Manson family snapped photos of themselves posing next to a million dollars encased in Plexiglas at the Horseshoe Casino, the birthplace of the World Series of Poker? Yes, McManus traces the evolution of poque, poker's closest ancestor, introducing us to riverboat gamblers, Wild Bill Hickok, World War I cryptologist Herbert O. Yardley, and a slew of other colorful characters, tracing the game's spread from back rooms to television to the Internet. But he also takes us on a tour de force survey of American history, showing how poker has colored the styles of both presidents and military leaders. Therein lies the rub: most poker players would rather play it than read about its history, and many history buffs don't play poker. Verdict This well-researched and well-written book may not quite find a niche, which would be a shame because it's such a quality read.-Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L. , FL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Poker now has what must surely be its definitive history in this excellent, comprehensive account of the game from the author of the widely hailed poker memoir Positively Fifth Street. In tracing the game from its early 19th-century roots in New Orleans to today's global phenomenon, McManus does more than present a history of poker: "My goal is to show how the story of poker helps to explain who we are." The "national card game," he asserts, embodies essential American qualities. It's an ambitious objective, but the book achieves it by connecting the game to American culture. Poker, it turns out, is inextricably linked with history, from the Civil War to the cold war, and with politics (Nixon financed his first run for office with poker winnings earned during his WWII service; President Obama may owe some of his political fortunes to a regular poker game he joined after election to the Illinois senate). The book also outlines the re-emergence of poker in recent years as a pastime for many millions and, for a select few, a reasonably legitimate profession. (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Entertaining, informative, and genial . . . McManus writes with verve and authority. A copious, lively account of poker's past and present." -Robert Pinsky, "The New York Times Book Review""The book is sensational. McManus is a writer of immense talent, deft with language and with an ear that seems to catch all the right conversations. And he has a cast of characters that would be the envy of the most imaginative novelest." -Rick Cogan, "Chicago Tribune ""Triumphantly realized . . . The narrative fizzes along through 500-plus pages, packed with arresting anecdotes. . . . Don't bet on anyone bettering this classic account." -Simon Redfern, "The Independent" (UK)"The story of poker is that of risk-loving America and, recently, the rest of the world. Here is that crazy ride in unparalleled detail, driven by wit, wisdom, true love, and sizzling style. As analyst, historian, devotee, and no mean player, James McManu

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