COWBOYS FULL. The Story of Poker

New York: Farrar , Straus and Giroux, (2009). First edition. Hardcover. The story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global, but especially an American, phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Lincoln to Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. Finally, the book shows how what was once accurately called the cheater's game has become mostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. The classic account of America's favorite pastime. 516pp, profusely illustrated from photographs. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Item #14108
ISBN: 9780374299248

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