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Gamblers Gangsters

Author : Ann Arnold
ISBN : 1571682503
Genre : History
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From the earliest days of the cattle drives through town, Fort Worth embraced, if not with open arms, then certainly with an open palm, the profit and excitement of illegal entertainment.
Category: History

Gangsters Of Miami

Author : Ron Chepesiuk
ISBN : 1569803684
Genre : Social Science
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From an award-winning author of true crime comes a well-researched chronicle of crime in one of America's most exciting and edgy cities. Known as the Magic City, Miami has been home to notorious smugglers of the prohibition era, famous mobsters such as Al Capone and Lyer Lansky, the Cuban Mafia, the Colombian cartel, the Russian Mafia and the many current street gangs that have come to plague Miami after the advent of crack cocaine.
Category: Social Science

Gambling In America

Author : William Norman Thompson
ISBN : 9781576071595
Genre : Games
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An A–Z look at the history and impacts of gambling, including related legal, legislative, economic, and social issues. * More than 250 entries on every aspect of gambling in the United States * A chronology of significant events in the history of gambling from prehistory to the present day * The full text of 11 of the author's published articles on gambling * Reviews of more than 60 books in an extensive and thoroughly annotated bibliography
Category: Games

Gangsters To Governors

Author : David Clary
ISBN : 9780813584560
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Generations ago, gambling in America was an illicit activity, dominated by gangsters like Benny Binion and Bugsy Siegel. Today, forty-eight out of fifty states permit some form of legal gambling, and America’s governors sit at the head of the gaming table. But have states become addicted to the revenue gambling can bring? And does the potential of increased revenue lead them to place risky bets on new casinos, lotteries, and online games? In Gangsters to Governors, journalist David Clary investigates the pros and cons of the shift toward state-run gambling. Unearthing the sordid history of America’s gaming underground, he demonstrates the problems with prohibiting gambling while revealing how today’s governors, all competing for a piece of the action, promise their citizens payouts that are rarely delivered. Clary introduces us to a rogue’s gallery of colorful characters, from John “Old Smoke” Morrissey, the Irish-born gangster who built Saratoga into a gambling haven in the nineteenth century, to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who has furiously lobbied against online betting. By exploring the controversial histories of legal and illegal gambling in America, he offers a fresh perspective on current controversies, including bans on sports and online betting. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Gangsters to Governors considers the past, present, and future of our gambling nation. Author's website (

Beating The Commodity Trap

Author : Richard Anthony D'Aveni
ISBN : 9781422156162
Genre : Business & Economics
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Commoditization-a virulent form of hypercompetition-is destroying markets, disrupting industries, and shuttering long-successful firms. Conventional wisdom says the best way to combat commoditization is differentiation. But differentiation is difficult and expensive to implement, and keeps you ahead of the pack only temporarily. In Beating the Commodity Trap, Richard D'Aveni provides a radical new framework for fighting back. Drawing on an in-depth study of more than thirty industries, he recommends first identifying the commoditization trap you're facing: -Deterioration: Low-end firms enter with low-cost/low-benefit offerings that attract the mass market-as Zara did to high-end fashion companies. -Proliferation: Companies develop new combinations of price paired with several unique benefits that attack part of an incumbents' market-as Japanese motorcycle makers did to Harley-Davidson. -Escalation: Players offer more benefits for the same or lower price, squeezing everyone's margins-as the iPhone did in mobile devices. The author provides a tool for diagnosing your competitive position and shows how to strengthen it while also boosting your pricing power-by destroying the commoditization trap confronting you, escaping it, or turning it to your advantage. Illustrated with a wealth of examples, this concise, practical guide gives you the framework and tactics you need to battle commoditization.
Category: Business & Economics

The Labor Of Luck

Author : Jeff Sallaz
ISBN : 9780520944657
Genre : Social Science
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In this gripping ethnography, Jeffrey J. Sallaz goes behind the scenes of the global casino industry to investigate the radically different worlds of work and leisure he found in identically designed casinos in the United States and South Africa. Seamlessly weaving political and economic history with his own personal experience, Sallaz provides a riveting account of two years spent working among both countries' casino dealers, pit bosses, and politicians. While the popular imagination sees the Nevada casino as a hedonistic world of consumption, The Labor of Luck shows that the "Vegas experience" is made possible only through a variety of systems regulating labor, capital, and consumers, and that because of these complex dynamics, the Vegas casino cannot be seamlessly picked up and replicated elsewhere. Sallaz's fresh and path-breaking approach reveals how neo-liberal versus post-colonial forms of governance produce divergent worlds at the tables, and how politics, profits, and pleasure have come together to shape everyday life in the new economy.
Category: Social Science

Outlaws Mobsters Crooks Mobsters Racketeers Gamblers Robbers

Author : Marie J. MacNee
ISBN : 0787628042
Genre : Criminals
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YA. Volume 1 of a three volume set which details 75 criminals and the officers who apprehended them. Shows what they did, how and why they did it.
Category: Criminals

Legalized Gambling

Author : Paul Ruschmann
ISBN : 9781438105864
Genre : Electronic books
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The United States has struggled with gambling policy since colonial days, and its legal stance has alternated between legalization and prohibition. This book explains how the debate over gambling has become more intense because of the proliferation of online casinos and the popularity of illegal sports betting.
Category: Electronic books

The Havana Mob

Author : T. J. English
ISBN : 1845961927
Genre : Crime
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Throughout the 1950s, as the Cuban people laboured under a violently repressive regime, the Mob-financed revelry in Havana never stopped. Tourists from around the world flooded in to gamble, go to the racetrack, see an elaborate floorshow at the Tropicana, hear some of the hottest music around and perhaps partake in the kinky sexual activities that flourished on the fringe of the most colourful and exciting nightlife scene of the twentieth century. It may have seemed like fun and games, but for the Havana Mob it was a deadly serious business. Led by Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano - and with the full compliance of President Fulgencio Batista - the Mob set out to create a financial empire that would rival the 'glory days' of Prohibition in the US. For a time, the plan seemed to be succeeding beyond their wildest dreams, but they were sowing the seeds of their own demise. Behind the scenes, Fidel Castro was building opposition to what he portrayed as the debauchery and corruption of capitalism run amok in Havana - the result was revolution. The Havana Mobcaptures a unique and exotic chapter not only in the history of organised crime but also in the history of the United States, and for the first time the story is told through interviews and the first-hand accounts of those who were actually there.
Category: Crime

The Genteel John O Hara

Author : Pamela Carol Mac Arthur
ISBN : 3039105159
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The writer John O'Hara (1905-1970) came from Pottsville in Pennsylvania. He put his home town and the surrounding vicinity under a microscope to produce an account of 'The Anthracite Region' that rivals Edith Wharton's descriptions of New York and Sinclair Lewis's anatomy of Sauk Centre. With the discerning eye of a local resident, O'Hara recreated this coal-rich region and its people so well that his novelettes, novellas, novels, plays and short stories give a true record of his 'Pennsylvania Protectorate' in the latter part of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. In order to reveal the ethnographical, geographical and historical authenticity of the O'Hara Canon, this book examines his writings in the context of Pottsville and the borough of Tamaqua, as well as the nearby towns and villages. The author also investigates both O'Hara's genteel upbringing and his gangster stratum. The book explores the many dimensions of O'Hara's life from the time of his birth until his escape to New York City in 1928. New sources such as unpublished letters and interviews with O'Hara's family, friends and enemies provide important insights into O'Hara, as well as into Pottsville and the surrounding region.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Money And The Power

Author : Sally Denton
ISBN : 9781409002031
Genre : Business & Economics
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Sally Denton and Roger Morris make clear how and why Las Vegas became the greatest 'business success story' of the twentieth century, and how the rest of America ensured this success by contributing capital as well as customers. Headquarters of a trillion-dollar worldwide empire, the site of unprecedented political and economic power, Las Vegas is by no means an aberrant sin city. Denton and Morris demonstrate how it has grown out of, and reflects, a corruption and a worship of money that have crept into American life since Prohibition. They trace the original funds for the founding of the Las Vegas we know today to nationwide narcotics trafficking. They show how deeply a multiethnic criminal syndicate, in part feeding off gambling profits and the skim in Las Vegas, came to influence American politics and the larger society, and how pervasively its 'style of business' has penetrated the entire nation. Denton and Morris detail the amazing rise and reach of Meyer Lansky - the mind that ran the city; exactly how criminals, politicians, and businessmen worked together to control Las Vegas; the curious interplay of the city with the fates of Joseph, John F., and Robert Kennedy; how Mormon bankers and Wall Street financiers have bankrolled and profited from casinos ruled by organised crime; how a handful of dedicated journalists and law enforcement officers were destroyed before they could expose the city's secrets. The Money and the Power is a detailed and illuminating chronicle of an extraordinary place and time - and a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.
Category: Business & Economics

Ebony Ivory

Author : Melvia Miller
ISBN : 9781469762036
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Many books have been written about the problems of racial hostility and cultural diversity-but none like Ebony and Ivory. This powerful collection offers a refreshing and humorous look at these serious issues that face our society. The fables and articles in Ebony and Ivory will make the reader laugh, cry, and shout and will also cause us to do some deep self-evaluation.
Category: Family & Relationships


Author : Donald Hall
ISBN : 9780547971148
Genre : Poetry
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You might expect the fact of dying--the dying of a beloved wife and fellow poet--to make for a bleak and lonely tale. But Donald Hall's poignant and courageous poetry, facing that dread fact, involves us all: the magnificent, humorous, and gifted woman, Jane Kenyon, who suffered and died; the doctors and nurses who tried but failed to save her; the neighbors, friends, and relatives who grieved for her; the husband who sat by her while she lived and afterward sat in their house alone with his pain, self-pity, and fury; and those of us who till now had nothing to do with it. As Donald Hall writes, "Remembered happiness is agony; so is remembered agony." Without will touch every feeling reader, for everyone has suffered loss and requires the fellowship of elegy. In the earth's oldest poem, when Gilgamesh howls of the death of Enkidu, a grieving reader of our own time may feel a kinship, across the abyss of four thousand years, with a Sumerian king. In Without Donald Hall speaks to us all of grief, as a poet lamenting the death of a poet, as a husband mourning the loss of a wife. Without is Hall's greatest and most honorable achievement -- his give and testimony, his lament and his celebration of loss and of love.
Category: Poetry

Monster Of The Midway

Author : Jim Dent
ISBN : 9781466853102
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Jim Dent's Monster of the Midway is the story of football's fiercest competitor, the legendary Bronko Nagurski. From his discovery in the middle of a Minnesota field to his 1943 comeback season at Wrigley, from the University of Minnesota to the Hall of Fame, Bronko Nagurksi's life is a story of grit, hard work, passion, and, above all, an unstoppable drive to win. Monster of the Midway recounts Nagurski's unparalleled triumphs during the 1930s and '40s, when the Chicago Bears were the kings of professional football. From 1930, the Bronk's first year, through 1943, his last, the Bears won five NFL titles and played in four other NFL Championship Games. Focusing on Nagurski's 1943 comeback season, and how he miraculously led the Bears to their fourth NFL championship against the backdrop of World War II era Chicago, Jim Dent uncovers the riveting drama of Nagurski's playing days. His efforts were the stuff of legend, and his success in 1943 accomplished in spite of a battered frame, worn-out knees, multiple cracked ribs, and a broken bone in his lower back. While chronicling the drama of the '43 championship chase, Dent also tells of both the Bears' colorful early years and Bronko's improbable rise to fame from the backwoods of northern Minnesota. Woven into the narrative are the sights and smells and sounds of one of the most romantic, flavorful eras of the twentieth century. And laced through it all are stories of legend: Bronko rubbing shoulders with colorful characters like George Halas, Red Grange, Sid Luckman, and Sammy Baugh; Bronko running into (and breaking) the brick wall at Wrigley Field; Bronko winning All-American spots for two positions; Bronko knocking scores of opponents unconscious; and Bronko reaching the heights of football glory and, with rare grace, turning his back on the game after winning his last championship. Rich in unforgettable stories and scenes, this is Jim Dent's account of Bronko Nagurski-arguably the greatest football player who ever lived-and his teammates, the roughest, toughest, rowdiest group of players ever to don leather helmets, and the original Monsters of the Midway.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Walter Mosley

Author : Charles E. Wilson
ISBN : 0313320225
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Critiques such novels as "Devil in a Blue Dress" and "Bad Boy Brawley Brown," while providing biographical information about the African American author.
Category: Literary Criticism

Spy In A Little Black Dress

Author : Maxine Kenneth
ISBN : 9781455517671
Genre : Fiction
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Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIA When young Jackie Bouvier receives her second assignment from the CIA, she knows it will go better than her first. She managed to survive the Paris job-while looking her best in Givenchy, no less-but now she's completed her official CIA training. So she's excited to show her boss exactly what she can do for her country. Her new mission: Go undercover in sultry Havana and investigate a young revolutionary named Fidel Castro. But before Jackie can infiltrate the communist cabal, she's in past her hemline in danger. In another exciting adventure, she colludes with Grace Kelly, dances with Frank Sinatra, and flirts with an up-and-coming congressman from Massachusetts. As the international intrigue escalates, Jackie must use all her finely honed skills to stay ahead of her enemies . . . and make sure spying never goes out of fashion.
Category: Fiction

Medical Aspects Of Boxing

Author : Barry Jordan
ISBN : 0849342813
Genre : Medical
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Medical Aspects of Boxing is a comprehensive text that serves as an excellent general reference for all healthcare providers involved with boxing. The major focus of the book is geared toward the neurological aspects of boxing. An entire section of the volume is devoted to such topics as acute and chronic brain injury, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, electrophysiology, and epidemiology of brain injury. General concepts of boxing, including the role of the ringside physician, differences between amateur and professional boxing, socio-medical aspects of boxing, and non-neurological medical aspects of boxing are also discussed.
Category: Medical

Gangsters Of Virtue

Author : Steven Leroy Jackson
ISBN : 9781477180662
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Gangsters of Virtue/ The Wise Sorrowful Hearts is a true cautionary tale for the youth of this nation and the world.This is the untold story of murder, greed, lust for power and the final family betrayals in a major Washington DC Drug Enterpise in the 1960 ́s and beyond. The street life during the founding of the Washington DC, Black Mafia by Convicted Heroin Distributor and D.C. Drug Kingpin, Lawrence W. Slippery Jackson. It tells of the Hardships, Accomplishments,sacrifices and punishments associated with drug dealing and family. It explores the Old style Drug Game to the new generation of drug dealers and the relationship between Lawrence , his father and sibling, his extended family, his wife Anna Mae Jackson his eight children and his 500 member Black Mafia Gang. This book tells a untold story of the wife and children living together and thriving in the Southeast Hillcrest area of Washington ,DC. The story is told through the eyes of the youngest boy Steven Leroy Jackson. My father and mothers strength and dignity saved our family. Education and mentoring from The US Army, my extended family and siblings saved me and changed my fate. I received many awards and took part in historical events as a result of what people always said about us. "You come from good stock", after you read my book , you will know why my wonderfully bright sisters and brother deserve all the good things that have happend to us and for us over the last 35 years. God Lives in you too. Little Lawrence , Momma and Dad We will love you forever.
Category: Biography & Autobiography